A Chinese Ghost Story III
Basically a retread of the first movie, in which the evil Tree Spirit is back with yet another ghost played by Joey Wong. The Swordsman Yen and Leslie Cheung characters are replaced by a Bud... Read allBasically a retread of the first movie, in which the evil Tree Spirit is back with yet another ghost played by Joey Wong. The Swordsman Yen and Leslie Cheung characters are replaced by a Buddhist Abbot and disciple (Tony Leung). Jacky Cheung also pops up again, this time as a mon... Read allBasically a retread of the first movie, in which the evil Tree Spirit is back with yet another ghost played by Joey Wong. The Swordsman Yen and Leslie Cheung characters are replaced by a Buddhist Abbot and disciple (Tony Leung). Jacky Cheung also pops up again, this time as a money-grabbing swordsman with a neat bag of tricks.
So, 100 years later.
Many fans have pointed out that this sequel is pretty much just a rehash of the original story, and yes, in many ways it is - Monk Tony Leung and his master are travelling the land and seek shelter in bad weather. Suddenly, a gang of men appear getting chased down and sliced up by an angry swordsman who just wants back what they stole. As with David Lam in part one, Jacky Cheung (in a brand new role) beheads them all, with the blood splashing up Tony Leung's face ala Leslie Cheung in his original opening!
And so it goes on. While it may certainly have many similarities to the first, A Chinese Ghost Story 3 almost makes fun of it at the same time (without being too ridiculous) and looks like it had a much higher production value than its predecessors.
Lau Siu Ming returns as the Tree Devil, looking fresh and even more twisted after his century of imprisonment. It doesn't take long for ghostly vixen Joey Wong to entice a group of men indoors, and soon we get to see that killer tongue back in action! In fact, quite a number of tongues...
The awesome Tony Leung is a great replacement to Leslie Cheung, adding a great charm and likeability to his character with perfect comic timing and acting. I really enjoyed him in this role!
As mentioned, Joey Wong is back, and thankfully as a ghost again since her change of roles in part 2. She tries her luck seducing the young monk, and after failing, unleashes some insane hair as a weapon. It didn't last long, but it was a pretty cool sight - And Nina Li Chi joins in the fun as a ghostly colleague of Wong's also.
The cinematography is as awesome as always, playing with colour, light and smoke with plenty of great shots throughout and wonderful night-lighting. Although a remake of sorts, the film still comes across fresh, with a cinematic seductiveness that is helped along for a third time by the beautiful score from James Wong and Romeo Diaz.
The end battle just goes from 0 - 100 in seconds, bringing to the screen some of the most insane stuff ever committed to film. From giant killer tongues to huge rock monsters, an evil house that comes to life, a flying carpet, Tony Leung becoming a golden buddha, and Jacky Cheung's super armour that allows him to run like The Flash, rivalling that of Zu Warriors for its sheer madness, inventiveness and energy!
Overall: Tsui Hark and Ching Siu Tung succeed in closing one of the greatest Hong Kong trilogies with a fantastically fun chapter that highly entertains!
- Jan 18, 2020