When a scroll containing valuable martial arts secrets is stolen from the Emperor, an army detachment is sent to recover it. Blademaster, a young martial arts expert, accidentally ends up ... See full summary »
The Eunuch of the Emperor has ordered the commander of his army condemned to death for betrayal and insurrection. The commander's family was was murdered to cut off his bloodline, but his ... See full summary »
King Hu's take on the old Liaozhai tale of The Painted Skin is merely OK. I expected much from the great Hu as his previous film were never anything less than greatness. Thia film feels a tad more dated then his other films.One can;t help but compare it to his similarly themed "Touch of Zen", and this movie suffers because of that. Adam Cheng is good in the role of Wang Hsi-Tzu, a young scholar having a bad luck day and befriending a ghost. Sammo Hung is excellent as always (well in his non-US movies at least) as a high monk that Wang comes across. And it still remains a film worth watching, it just pales to everything Hu had made in the past.
My Grade: C+
DVD Extras: Trailers for "Running out of Time", "Dragon Inn", "Armageddon", and "the Duel"
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