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A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Sien lui yau wan (original title)
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After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple, where he encounters a ravishing female ghost and later battles to save her soul from the control of a wicked tree demon.

Director:

Siu-Tung Ching

Writers:

Songling Pu (novel), Kai-Chi Yuen (as Kai-Chi Yun)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Leslie Cheung ... Ling Choi San
Joey Wang ... Lip Siu Sin (as Tsu-hsien Wang)
Wu Ma ... Yin Chek Hsia
Wai Lam ... Hsia-hou
Siu-Ming Lau ... Tree Devil
Zhilun Xue ... Ching
Jing Wong ... Judge (as Jing Wang)
David Wu ... Secretary Chiu (as Dawei Hu)
Ha Huang ... Boss at Tavern
Yau Cheung Yeung Yau Cheung Yeung ... Charm Seller
Mei-Yee Sze ... Paintings Seller
Kam Cheung ... Policeman (as Kam Chiang)
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Storyline

Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly, no-one is willing to give him shelter for the night, so he ends up spending the night in the haunted Lan Ro temple. There, he meets Taoist Swordsman Yen Che-Hsia, who warns him to stay out of trouble, and the beautiful Nieh Hsiao-Tsing, with whom he falls in love. Unfortunately, Hsiao-Tsing is a ghost, bound for all eternity by a hideous tree spirit with an incredibly long tongue that wraps itself round its victims and sucks out their life essence (or 'yang element')... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

18 July 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Chinese Ghost Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Budget:

$5,600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV premiere) (USA)

Sound Mix:

Mono (original release)| Dolby Digital (5.1 Surround Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Yin Chek Hsia: Today's a good day in hell. They must've got Tsing back.
Ling Choi Sin: Old Evil is coming to collect the bride.
Yin Chek Hsia: Scholar, it seems we've to storm hell!
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Referenced in The Witches of Eastwick (1987) See more »

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One of my favourite movies
10 April 2005 | by HumboldtSee all my reviews

This movie is one of my favourites. It is a genre-mixture with ingredients of the Action-/Horror-/Romantic-/Comedygenre. Some of the special effects may seem outdated compared to modern standards. This minor flaw is easily ignored. There is so much to discover in this story. The romantic relation between the two main characters is so beautiful that it hurts. The visuals are beautiful too. The action is great which is no surprise, it is originating from Honkong, birthplace of the world's best action movies. The humour sometimes seems a little bit silly but in a good way. Somehow this movie is being able to balance the different moods and keeps being good. Absolutely recommended.


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