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This sequel's story is more in line with the original film, having a traveling leading male character meet a beautiful female ghost at the Orchid Temple, who's spirit is binded by the evil Tree Devil. But, this movie is still fresh nonetheless, with it having a fast-paced plot, chock full of crazy magic spells and action sequences, seductive and spellbinding female ghosts, hair-raising demons and non-stop adventures. There is also a touch of humor, drama and romance, following the tradition of the previous two films. The female lead is once again played by Joey Wang. Although a different character, the ghost she plays in this sequel is a touching throwback to the first film; Wang portrayed all three different characters from each of the three movies with ease, charm and uniqueness.
This film has another beautiful music score composed by James Wong and Romeo Diaz and crazy special/visual effects galore! The acting by another memorable cast was great, albeit a tad goofy sometimes. And, the breath-taking scenery and period costumes were a treat - very colorful and vibrant. Hats off to Producer Hark Tsui and Director Siu-Tung Ching for putting together such an awesome and timeless trilogy in all three films! Overall, this sequel holds up well on its own. Like the first sequel, this film does not surpass the original Chinese Ghost Story (some scenes are rushed, some drag on too long a bit), but is still very entertaining and fun - one of the greatest sequels I've seen.
Chinese Ghost Story 3 has a very similar plot to number one. At the end of number one, the tree demon was defeated but was laid to rest for 100 years. Now 100 years have passed and a new generation walks the earth. The characters have changed, but the tree demon is still there. She awakens, gets some more ghosts, and begins her terror anew. This in essence the plot returns to that of the first movie.
The second movie digressed a lot because it dealt with a wider area and a greater evil, but Chinese Ghost Story was not really about ghosts. This movie returns to the ghosts, but there is a slight difference in the characters. In this movie, the main character is a Buddhist Monk traveling with his master. They find shelter in the temple and the master learns that there are demons about. While the master is out, a ghost comes into the monastery and attempts to seduce the young monk, but she fails as the monk has vowed to refrain from the pleasures of the world. The monk goes to kill the ghost, but decides to set her free. The ghost, Phoey, live a life, and death, or decadent slavery and prostitution. She had never know love or friendship, and is surprised when the monk shows this to her.
The monk is similar. He never had a family and was brought up by the master to reject the world and focus on the spiritual. The monk is a bit of a bumbler and is constantly breaking things and getting him and others into trouble. The one thing is that he learns to love and to care of Phoey, and the conflicts between these two characters is what this movie focuses on.
In essence, this movie does not let down on the Hong Kong action, nor does it let down on those cool effects, like people flying everywhere. My friend Joanne Chong, who also watches Hong Kong movies, says she doesn't like these dark movies with people flying around, but I personally think that they are great.
It is astonishing to see what trash fantasy fans have to put up with - in this case because somebody thought they could squeeze a little extra money out of a successful formula. They won't be able to do it again: the cash cow is now dead as a dodo.