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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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Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Leslie Cheung originally declined the role for the film since he didn't really had a good experience shooting a periodic piece film before. After Hark Tsui and art director Kenneth Yee convinced him that it is actually a modern drama in the periodic piece, Leslie agreed to do the film. 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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Edited into A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990) See more »

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One of the best asian films i have seen
28 November 2001 | by akhilles84See all my reviews

This movie is incredible.With great characters,specially the old swordsman that can fly in the shape of fireball and jump across the trees,this film tells a classic story of battle between good and forces of evil.The final showdown is specially breathtaking and the music score is kinda cool.

Very,very recommendable.Not for the smallest children though.This one deserves a 10.


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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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