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

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

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Xiao Wei
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Pei Rong
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General Wang Sheng
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Pang Yong
Betty Sun ...
Xia Bing (as Li Sun)
Yuwu Qi ...
Demon Xiao Yi
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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
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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

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Also Known As:

Wa Pei  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Remake of Hua pi zhi: Yin yang fa wang (1993) See more »

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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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