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A Chinese Ghost Story (1997)

Xiao Qian (original title)
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A young man falls in love with a ghost and must avoid a variety of ghostbusters out to eliminate her and each other.


Andrew Chan


Hark Tsui
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Credited cast:
Don Brown ... Red Beard (voice)
Jordan Chan ... Mountain Evil (voice)
Sylvia Chang ... Shine (voice)
Kelly Chen ... Madame Trunk (voice)
Ronald Cheng ... Fu (voice)
Michael Donovan Michael Donovan ... Ning (voice)
Erin Fitzgerald ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tanya Hancheroff Tanya Hancheroff ... Siu Seen (singing voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Xiaoquan / Sushin (voice)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... White Cloud (voice)
Akira Ishida ... Ning / A-nin (voice)
Janyse Jaud ... Siu Lan (voice)
Eric Kot ... Ten Miles (voice)
Vivian Lai ... Lan (voice)
Jan Lamb ... Ning (voice)


A young man named Ning wanders through China as a debt collector. When his work takes him to a city full of ghosts, he falls in love with one. At the same time, two competing ghostbusters are after him in order to rid China of ghosts. Can Ning avoid them and still win his ghost girlfriend's love? Written by Rick Summon <rick_summon@yahoo.com>

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The production time lasted 4 years with computer CGI being used as graphical enhancements. See more »


Referenced in Shrek (2001) See more »


The Matriach's Song
Music by Wai Lap Wu
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Linda Wong
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Rainbow hued HK Anime fun!
9 July 2002 | by Mitora-sanSee all my reviews

"Xiao Qian" seems to be one-of-a-kind Asian anime films of the late 20th Century, a sucessful mixure of CGI and Hand Drawn animation.

The plot follows a young boy named Ng (pronounced Neeng) and his dog, Solid Gold, trying to recover from breaking up with Ng's ex-girlfriend, Ran. As the two converse, two ghost hunters appear at his village, wiping out living skeletons and flatuent, smelly spirits. Then, Ng is sent on a special derilvery course through China, stumbling into a city of ghosts and the living dead. Here, he falls in love with the title character (Xiao-Qian, meaning Sunshine in cantonese) and try to escape the ghosts hunters, Xiao-Qian's selfish boyfriend and cruel mistress whom eats the souls of male humans to become young again, as well as the repenting of the mistress' left hand girl, Zhiaodee (Butterfly Cantonese). I also love how the film pokes fun at Disney movies and satirizes mass-media sell outs.

Xiao-Qian gets five kisses. Pure classic and fun!

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Mandarin | Cantonese | Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 1997 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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