Story based on the legendary mansion at No. 81 on Chaoyangmennei Street in Beijing, which local legend says is haunted by the ghost of a Kuomintang official's wife, who committed suicide in...
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Story based on the legendary mansion at No. 81 on Chaoyangmennei Street in Beijing, which local legend says is haunted by the ghost of a Kuomintang official's wife, who committed suicide in the home around the time of the Cultural Revolution. The film follows Xu Ruoqing a woman whose presence in the notorious mansion draws up the spirits that have taken residence there.Written by
13 May 2014, Chinese title Chao Nei 81 Hao was renamed Jing Cheng 81 Hao. See more »
Though a little horrible, the plot keeps flowing and the cinematography is good
The story starts with a Taiwanese lady and her daughter, going back to Beijing, and a couple in Beijing in the 21st year of Republic of China. This part of the story seems ridiculous, using the montage.
But soon, as the development of the story, there's a relationship between the past, and present people. The couple's daughter is believed to be the great-grandmother of the lady.
That's when the horror part comes in. The horror, however, turned out to be something else. Just watch the film and get known to it. I believe the last minutes, after the climax contained most information of the film, pacing up.
I really appreciated the director and the writer's skill, since they seems to have a great ability of controlling the plot, and time, to make the audience closely follows their vision, or the vision they want to present. That's what I believe, the current Chinese Film Industry, is lack of, and should be aware of.
For the cinematography, the PD used a lot of tracking shot with zooming. I believed its cinematography is the best among the Chinese film's I watched recently.
All in all, I believe this film is wonderful, especially for modern Chinese Film Industry. Just hope more non-horror movies with the same way of delivering story should emerge in China, to let Chinese know what is called good film. Not just the chase, not just the fight, and not always the fame, to taste the genuine art of film.
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