MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,982 this week

Painted Skin (2008)
"Hua pi" (original title)

6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 2,819 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 18 critic

An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 11 Jan 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 03 Feb 2013
 
list image
a list of 22 titles
created 07 Aug 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 49 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Painted Skin" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Painted Skin (2008)

Painted Skin (2008) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Painted Skin.
9 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Seven Swords (2005)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Honglei Sun
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A divorcée creates a website that links up single men and women.

Directors: Hing-Ka Chan, Janet Chun
Stars: Louis Koo, Margie Tsang, J.J. Jia
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Donnie Yen
Stars: Donnie Yen, Annie Wu, Jimmy Ga Lok Wong
Flash Point (2007)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Ray Lui
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A near retired cop and his unit are willing to put down a crime boss at all costs while dealing with a replacement inspector who is getting in their way. Meanwhile, the crime boss sends his top assassin to kill the cops.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Simon Yam, Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Inspired by true events, Founding of a Republic weaves a rousing tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Directors: Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang
Stars: Guoqiang Tang, Guoli Zhang, Qing Xu
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Wai-keung Lau
Stars: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Donnie Yen
Stars: Donnie Yen, Carman Lee, Chi Wah Wong
Black Rose II (1997)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Directors: Jeffrey Lau, Corey Yuen
Stars: Nancy Sit, Sandra Ng Kwan Yue, Jan Lamb
Dragon (2011)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him.

Director: Peter Chan
Stars: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Wei Tang
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Directors: Lam Maan-Cheung, Tin Hung Yiu
Stars: Shiao-Hu Tso, Chi-chiang Chen, Lee Law
Together (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A police officer called Mr. Cool, who falls in love with an amnesiac named Jojo. Boy and Lee use WeChat and bump into each other one day. They decide to play a game to date each other for seven days but not to fall in love.

Director: Clarence Fok Yiu-leung
Stars: Zhendong Ke, Angelababy, Michelle Chen
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Xiao Wei
...
Pei Rong
...
General Wang Sheng
...
Pang Yong
Betty Sun ...
Xia Bing (as Li Sun)
Yuwu Qi ...
Demon Xiao Yi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Tan An-Ye ...
Da Dao
Zhao Chang-Zhou ...
Jing An
Kim-Fai Che
Ke Cheng
Kwok-Ping Choi
Xiao Cong ...
Jing Ping
Qu Da-Lei ...
Ding Yi
Wang Fei
Liu Fei-Long
Edit

Storyline

Where there is trouble, there is solution. This time, the troubles comes from two myth spirits that take the form of a human. Disguise in human skin and clothes, the two continues to take the heart of human to stay alive and young. But one of them leads to the wrong path and fall in love with a married man. What will happen to the live of this man and his wife after saving the her from the barbarians? Written by Kimberly

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

25 September 2008 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Wa Pei  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Hong Kong's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Goofs

All mail armor in this film is made with the the mail going vertically rather than sideways. This would make the armor less effective, as it spreads the ring pattern open, making it easier to penetrate. All historical examples of mail armor have the ring pattern going from side to side for this reason. See more »

Connections

Remake of Hua pi (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Overall, a so-so retelling of a classic Chinese ghost story
15 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

"Hua Pi", or "Painted Skin", is one of the hundreds of stories in Pu Songling's 18th-century supernatural fantasy collection, but this 2008 version based on one of the collection's most famous piece is a very loose retelling. Even the main persons are changed: Gordon Chan switches the male protagonist from a scholar into a general and adds in two main/side characters in actors Donnie Yen and Sun Li, one a jilted ex-general, the other a demon buster.

Sadly, though Chan revised the story himself, he does not imbue the material with enough depth and resonance, with the result the horror-romance has a somewhat vacuous feel to it. The emotions examined sometimes can seem stock rather than refreshing. The editor too must take some blame for failing to put together the movie in an intriguing way. There is just too much distracting visual trickery along the way. Kudos to the art director, cinematographer and costume designer for giving an authentic, Han-dynasty feel to the narrative, yet though the characterizations may be fairly enjoyable maybe Gordon Chan is just not the person to helm this sort of project.

Gordon Chan is better known as an action director and by the looks of this film, should much better remain as one. He at present lacks the ability to tackle a period romance film. I grade "Hua Pi" just 5 stars despite it being aesthetically pleasing to look at. However alluring it looks (and it is entertaining in some ways), the movie tends to show its lack of depth, although it is by no means that terrible a movie. Strangely though this movie is Hong Kong's entry to the Foreign Language Oscars.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A beautiful, romantic story... z3nith_t
what is this movie about? belegare
The Genre of this movie should be 'Horror'... stranger-carrie
Again a dull kitsch with spectacular settings nikolai_cheng
What Language is it in? dzong
Hong Kong Oscar Entry okrim37
Discuss Painted Skin (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?