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 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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Action | Fantasy | Horror

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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During the time for the screen test, the casting manager thought tho Joey Wang had an on screen charm and sexiness, her mannerism within the film's periodic sense didn't seem to match up quite well with the attitude. Tsui asked Joey to visit the Peking Opera in order to get the sense of the idea of periodic piece, as well getting used to it with the costume. 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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Remade as A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation (1997) See more »

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Cinema at its best
20 November 1998 | by giraffeloverSee all my reviews

This is cinema how it should be. A great and funny story. Great direction and actors. The fight scenes against the demon were the best choreographed that I've ever seen. Music, photography and editing were top notch but unfortunately this film was overseen at the Academy Award nominations. Unfortunately I've watched this movie only on television. But the film must be seen on the biggest screen you can find in a cinema.


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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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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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