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#792. A Chinese Ghost Story

  • Year: 1987
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Production: Film Workshop, Cinema City, 98m
  • Director: Ching Siu-Tung
  • Producer: Tsui Hark
  • Screenplay: Yun Kai-chi, from book by Pu Songling
  • Photography: Poon Hang-sang, Tom Lau, Sander Lee, Horace Wong
  • Music: Romeo Díaz, James Wong, David Wu
  • Cast: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, Wu Ma

Abridged Book Description

When it comes to fantasy filmmaking, Hong Kong can make Hollywood look imaginatively bankrupt. This 1987 cult classic suggests a combination of Sam Raimi, Jean Cocteau, Georges Méliès, and Tim Burton. it's a ghost story that is also a love story, a sword-and-sorcery tale, and a comedy... This picture is gorgeous to look at, especially in the velvety nocturnal sequences when skeletons stir, spirits come out to play, and it seems anything can happen and probably will.