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

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Cast

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Pang Yong
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Xiao Wei (as Zhou Xun)
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Wang Sheng (as Chen Kun)
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Pei Rong (as Zhao Wei)
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Xia Bing (as Sun Li)
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Xiao Yi (as Qi Yuwu)
Song Jin ...
Gao Xiang (as Song Jin)
David Leong ...
Xia Hou Xiang (as David Liang)
Xiao Cong ...
Jing Ping (as Xiao Cong)
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Patroness (as Liu Yan)
Yeerjiang Mahepushen ...
Bandit chief (as Ye Er Jiang)
Michael Tan An-Ye ...
Da Dao (as Michael Tan)
Yun-Peng Qi ...
Mo Zhui (as Qi Yun Peng)
Yang Wen ...
Tong Tou (as Wen Yang)
Chang-Zhou Zhao ...
Jing An (as Zhao Chang Zhou)
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Storyline

Where there is trouble, there is a solution. This time, the trouble comes from two mythical spirits who take the forms of humans. Disguised in human skin and clothes, the pair continue to take the hearts of humans to stay alive and young. But one of them strays down the wrong path and falls in love with a married man. What will happen to the lives of this man and his wife after saving from the barbarians someone who didn't need any saving? Written by Kimberly

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The battle for an empire begins.


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25 September 2008 (Hong Kong)  »

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Painted Skin  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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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

Follows Hua pi (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Painted Heart
Music by Ikuro Fujiwara (as Fujiwara Ikuro)
Lyrics by Chen Shao Qi
Performed by Liang-ying Zhang (as Jane Zhang)
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Painted Skin
30 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. I didn't know quite what to expect of it but being Hong Kong's official entry to the 81st Acadmy Awards I thought it may be of some value. This film is adapted from the 300 year old classic ghost story of Song Ling Pu and is a combination of historical romance, supernatural and martial arts from director Gordon Chan who also wrote the screenplay along with Abe Kwong and Lau Ho Leung with action scenes directed by Wei Tung. Yong (Donnie Yen) is China's best warrior. His former love Peirong (Wei Zhao) is now married to Wang Sheng (Ken Chen) the commander of the armies. In a raid on desert bandits the beautiful Xiao Wei is taken into the armies custody and she takes a liking to Wang Sheng but Peirong stands in her way. Mysterious grizzly deaths start happening and soon Xia-Bing (Betty Sun) a tough female hunter of demons shows up. Xiao Yi (David Leong) is the mysterious supernatural companion to the beautiful but deadly Xiao Wei. This is an entertaining story and makes for a great debut film for director Chan. Great cinematography from Arthur Wong and a great visual setting from the art department of art director bill Liv and production designer Chung Man Yee. A co-production of Hong Kong with China and Singapore it's a little drawn out but worth seeing. I would give it a 7.5 and recommend it.


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