Sien lui yau wan (1987)
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awesome wuxia fantasy film with touch of romance.
One film to cover many disciplines in the Martial Arts list the best at once: fantasy, horror, romance and entertainment without being too goofy. Nice!
A Chinese Ghost Story was our Kung Fu Friday selection (as part of Halloween Month), a well-regarded classic from 1987 about a scholar down on his luck (Leslie Cheung) who falls in love with the ghost of a girl (Joey Wang). It is, quite simply, one of the most bizarre mash-ups ever put to film. On the one hand, it's a slapstick (i.e. Cantonese) comedy with plenty of chuckles and a strange one-off musical number. On the other, it has tense horror set pieces with zombies right out of Evil Dead/Army of Darkness, and giant tentacles rampaging through the forest. So it's a creepy slapstick fantasy horror kung fu romantic comedy. Gorgeously shot and scored too, in the same vein as the more serious The Bride with White Hair. I wonder how the sequels and remake stand up?
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This movie ranks #8 in LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever
This movie ranks #24 in 100 Classic Martial Arts Films
This movie ranks #37 in Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
This movie ranks #51 in The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures
This movie ranks #414 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
This movie ranks #764 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die