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Painted Skin (2008)

Hua pi (original title)
An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.

Directors:

Gordon Chan, Andy Wing-Keung Chin (co-director) (as Chin Wing Keung) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Ho-Leung Lau (screenplay) (as Lau Ho Leung), Abe Kwong (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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11 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donnie Yen ... Pang Yong
Xun Zhou ... Xiao Wei (as Zhou Xun)
Kun Chen ... Wang Sheng (as Chen Kun)
Wei Zhao ... Pei Rong (as Zhao Wei)
Li Sun ... Xia Bing (as Sun Li)
Yuwu Qi ... Xiao Yi (as Qi Yuwu)
Song Jin Song Jin ... Gao Xiang
David Leong David Leong ... Xia Hou Xiang (as David Liang)
Cong Xiao Cong Xiao ... Jing Ping
Yan Liu ... Patroness (as Liu Yan)
Yeerjiang Mahepushen Yeerjiang Mahepushen ... Bandit chief (as Ye Er Jiang)
Michael An-Ye Tan Michael An-Ye Tan ... Da Dao (as Michael Tan)
Yun-Peng Qi Yun-Peng Qi ... Mo Zhui (as Qi Yun Peng)
Yang Wen Yang Wen ... Tong Tou (as Wen Yang)
Chang-Zhou Zhao Chang-Zhou Zhao ... Jing An (as Zhao Chang Zhou)
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Storyline

Where there is trouble, there is a solution. This time, the trouble comes from two mythical spirits who take the forms of humans. Disguised in human skin and clothes, the pair continue to take the hearts of humans to stay alive and young. But one of them strays down the wrong path and falls in love with a married man. What will happen to the lives of this man and his wife after saving from the barbarians someone who didn't need any saving? Written by Kimberly

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The battle for an empire begins.


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Trivia

Hong Kong's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Goofs

All mail armor in this film is made with the the mail going vertically rather than sideways. This would make the armor less effective, as it spreads the ring pattern open, making it easier to penetrate. All historical examples of mail armor have the ring pattern going from side to side for this reason. See more »

Connections

Follows Hua pi (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Painted Heart
Music by Ikuro Fujiwara (as Fujiwara Ikuro)
Lyrics by Siu-kei Chan
Performed by Jane Zhang (as Jane Zhang)
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Good entertainment, not scary at all.
28 October 2009 | by Hunky StudSee all my reviews

From what I can remember, the actual story was not really about love. It was just another ghost story in that famous book. Unlike those typical scary ghost movies, this movie is more about love.

The music was Hollywood like. It has been a few days since I watched it. So I can't call it fantastic or not. Actually, the whole movie felt so different than those typical Chinese movie, the color, the sceneries, etc, they look very western.

The costumes look exotic, and colorful. I didn't know that the Lizard man actually was a lizard until after I watched the DVD extra. The make-up artists could have made his face and body more lizard like. And when Xiao wei turned all white at the end of the movie, her face reminds me of the Japanese movie "Grudge". Chinese ghosts typically don't look like that according to the traditional Chinese cultures.

Zhao Wei was excellent. I have seen her in other movies. She is entirely different in this movie.


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Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong | Singapore

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

25 September 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Painted Skin See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,579,689
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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