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Li gui chan shen (1987)

The ghost of a murdered woman returns for revenge.


Fred Tan


Fred Tan


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Credited cast:
Siu-Fung Wong ... Lu Ling
Shu-Yuan Hsu Shu-Yuan Hsu
Hsiao-Kang Wu Hsiao-Kang Wu
Kuan-Chung Ku
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lap Ban Chan
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Tai Kit Mak Tai Kit Mak
Tuan-Sun Yang Tuan-Sun Yang
Yuan-Chang Yang Yuan-Chang Yang


The ghost of a murdered woman returns for revenge.

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Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

14 May 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Split of the Spirit See more »

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Good Year Movie Company See more »
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1.85 : 1
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a Taiwanese ghost story
4 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Comparisons have been drawn between writer-director Fred Tan and Alfred Hitchcock, but the portentous spiritualism and telltale streak of supernatural horror in this modern ghost story is more reminiscent of the early films of Peter Weir (something of a Hitchcock plagiarist himself at the time). Tan's second feature follows an avant-garde dancer possessed by the unquiet, vengeful spirit of a young woman recently killed by her gigolo boyfriend; but the split referred to in the title is more between the lingering influence of ancient superstitions and the high-tech culture of late 20th century Asia. The film itself is likewise somewhat schizophrenic: a sleek and handsome production weighed down by a fatally simplistic script (at least in translation). The more exaggerated the story becomes, the easier it is to accept as tongue-in-cheek escapism, in particular during the climactic exorcism and journey beyond the grave.

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