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Movie Review – A Chinese Ghost Story

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Well this week was a very slow one for new release films, or at least ones I wanted to see. So, because of that, I decided to check out something a little different in the form of ‘A Chinese Ghost Story’. Now I’m a big fan of Hong Kong and Asian films, and I do see them from time to time at the cinema, but I saw the trailer for this one and it didn’t exactly grab me right off the bat. However, with not much else to see, I decided to take that lacklustre attitude along and see it anyway and, you never know, an average trailer can sometimes be hiding a great film.

“A Chinese Ghost Story, alternatively known as A Chinese Fairy Tale, is a 2011 Chinese-Hong Kong film directed by Wilson Yip and starring Louis Koo, Liu Yifei, Yu Shaoqun, Kara Hui, Louis Fan, and Wang Danyi Li. The film is adapted from one of the tales in Pu Songling Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, a collection of supernatural stories set in ancient China. It is also seen as a remake of Tsui Hark 1987 film of the same title.”

I’ve never seen the original and don’t know the story it’s based on, so at least I had a pretty open mind with the story. Now, maybe something was lost in the cultural differences but the story just didn’t resonate with me.  In fact most of the characters were pretty annoying with their attitudes and outlooks throughout the movie. I just kept thinking the whole time ‘why would you do that? It doesn’t make sense.’ But hey, this was made for a Chinese audience and not me, and the target market may get a lot more out of it than I did.  However, I’ve seen better and know Asian cinema is capable of some amazing films, so I still think deep down this was a very average film, even for an Asian audience. Some nice fight work though with a one armed swordsman, which rather impressed me.

6 out of 10 from me. 

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