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A Chinese Ghost Story (1997)

Xiao Qian (original title)
A young man falls in love with a ghost and must avoid a variety of ghostbusters out to eliminate her and each other.

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Don Brown ...
Red Beard (voice)
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Mountain Evil (voice)
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Shine (voice)
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Madame Trunk (voice)
Ronald Cheng ...
Fu (voice)
Michael Donovan ...
Ning (voice)
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Tanya Hancheroff ...
Siu Seen (singing voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Xiaoquan / Sushin (voice)
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White Cloud (voice)
Akira Ishida ...
Ning / A-nin (voice)
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Siu Lan (voice)
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Ten Miles (voice)
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Lan (voice)
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Ning (voice)
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A young man named Ning wanders through China as a debt collector. When his work takes him to a city full of ghosts, he falls in love with one. At the same time, two competing ghostbusters are after him in order to rid China of ghosts. Can Ning avoid them and still win his ghost girlfriend's love? Written by Rick Summon <rick_summon@yahoo.com>

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The production time lasted 4 years with computer CGI being used as graphical enhancements. See more »

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Referenced in Spirited Away (2001) See more »

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Tin Hak Hak Yan Shan Shan
Music & Lyrics by James Wong
Arranged by Mark Lui
Performed by James Wong
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enchanting tale & animation
20 October 1999 | by (austin) – See all my reviews

Reading all the reviews of "Don't expect to understand this one", I went in the theatre expecting another trashy eyecandy-piece...I came out loving it! The fact of the matter is, if you aren't already familiar with the Chinese folklore or myth of the love story between Xiao Qian and the tax collector Ning, you WILL find some ideas like the "ghost-busting" strange to comprehend. Actually the so-called ghostbusters have supernatural powers well-associated to Taoist masters, or elites of the popular rituals and religion in Chinese communities. (The other two "ghostbusters" recall wuxia/martial arts heroes in popular literature.)

This animated version is quite enjoyable as far as visualizing these stories well-known and dear to many Chinese. Having said that, there are also a lot of contemporary touches (e.g. the abusive boyfriend-ghost who seems a parody of the various Cantopop megastars giving another one of his "idolize me" concerts!)and musical numbers that are sometimes "Disney"-ish (having a song for the sake of the Disney-mation convention perhaps?) and at others really really gorgeous pop.

So, eyecandy it is but with very creative camera angles and enchanting colors. Very ambitious and hilarious! Recommended even if you don't want to mess with the subtitling (which reads rather strange anyway due to cultural relativism etc.) The luscious images and love story are "universal" enough to understand by anyone.


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