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The Human Goddess (1972)

Xian nü xia fan (original title)
| Comedy, Romance
An often hilarious and very timely look at the state of Hong Kong in the early 70's, an era of troubled romance, painful poverty and greedy land tycoons - all of whom have to answer to an ... See full summary »


Meng Hua Ho


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ching Lee ... (as Ching Li)
Feng Chin
Peng Peng
Hsiung Chao
Peng-Fei Li
Lu Pai Lu Pai
Lan Sun
Dean Shek ... (as Shih Tien)
Pin Ho
Wei Wu Wei Wu
Hung Lu Hung Lu
Yen Fu Yen Fu
Yung Mei Yung Mei
Hua Lu Hua Lu
Hui Hsia Hui Hsia


An often hilarious and very timely look at the state of Hong Kong in the early 70's, an era of troubled romance, painful poverty and greedy land tycoons - all of whom have to answer to an angel who has been sent from heaven to look after the residents of the former British colony. Written by Igor Leoni

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Comedy | Romance

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Hong Kong



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Sin lui ha fan See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While local Mandarin films were experiencing a local box office slump during a brief period in the early 70s, former Shaw director/production manager Yuan Chiu Feng reportedly announced in a Taipei press conference that 'Xian nu xia fan' aka 'The Human Goddess' was to be the first Mandarin language feature to be sent over to the United States for patented single strip 70mm Cinerama formatting to tailor it for local D-150 exhibition at Shaw Brother's own Cinerama equipped Pearl Theatre in Hong Kong. See more »

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The "Baby Queen" Gets A Little Naughty
7 December 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

You just have to love Li Ching. She is so, so cute with an impish smile. In this film she plays the Seventh Sister, a goddess from heaven who wants to see what the mortal world is all about. Shye goes to Hong Kong and eventually stumbles upon Zili, who is running a debt laden orphanage. The orphanage is sold via auction to Xu Caifa, a cigar chomping wise guy. They are looking to close the orphanage to build a villa. The film is basically about the relationship between Zili and the Seventh Sister and their efforts to save the orphanage. The film is uneven, but the casting of Li Ching was essential. She is so pretty and she means well. She does little things with her magical powers that are fun. This could have been a children's film, a strict good vs evil film. But this film veers into adult territory and while its not bad by any means, there are a few scenes that weren't really needed. The film is definitely watchable through to the end, but its not essential. as to the question of whether the orphanage is saved, you'll see if you watch. The film is better than average but not a must see.

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