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Sien nui yau wan (1987)

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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.

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Cast overview:
... Ling Choi San
... Lip Siu Sin (as Tsu-hsien Wang)
... Yin Chek Hsia
Wai Lam ... Hsia-hou
... 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 ... Charm Seller
Mei-Yee Sze ... Paintings Seller
Kam Chiang ... Policeman
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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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18 July 1987 (Hong Kong)  »

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$5,600,000 (estimated)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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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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A masterpiece of Chinese cinema
2 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is the best Chinese movie I have ever seen, and, in my opinion, a lot better than Hero or Chrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The movie is a unique combination of several genres: It's a beautiful love story, action movie, comedy and horror at the same time. And the most amazing thing is that it really succeeds in all of this!

This movie definitely makes it to my top 5, and should be enjoyable to every movie lover. The action sequences do have the traditional unrealistic jumping and even flying, but the way it's shot differs from the style of Hero a lot and the flying always looks great and usually even makes sense (ghosts can fly)

See this movie, you won't regret it. 10/10


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