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Il fascino pericoloso dell'Estremo Oriente - Medioevo magico: diavoli e maghi, roghi e streghe - I film sul Medioevo fantastico

Storia di fantasmi cinesi

(Sinnui yauman)

1987, regia di Ching Siu-Tung


Scheda: Nazione: Hong Kong - Produzione: Cinema City Film Productions, Film Workshop - Distribuzione: I.M.C., Videogram, Fonit Cetra Video, Facets Multimedia Distribution, Manga Films, Megastar PicturesSoggetto: dal racconto Il fantasma di una bella donna di Songling Pu - Sceneggiatura: Kai-Chi Yun - Fotografia: Yongheng Huang, Tom Lau, Sander Lee, Jiaogao Li, Putang Liu, Hang-Sang Poon, Wing-Hung Wong - Montaggio: David Wu - Scenografia: Chung Man Yee - Costumi: Huiying He - Musiche: Romeo Diaz, James Wong - Effetti speciali: New Vision - Formato: Panoramica Color, linguaggio cantonese - Durata: 91' (98').

Cast: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, Ma Wu, Dawei Hu, Jin Jiang, Wai Lam, Siu-Ming Lau, Jing Wong, Zhilun Xue.



Trama e commenti: - - - - - - «Un esattore imbranatissimo gira per villaggi senza riuscire a farsi pagare le tasse. Quando trova un tempio magico, cade in una trappola tesagli dal linguacciuto demone Liu-Liu. Un agilissimo samurai boschivo riesce a salvarlo, tra sortilegi e magie. Festival degli effetti speciali e 5 premi in 5 diversi festival di fanta-cinema, in un patchwork di generi assortitissimo (i superlativi sono d'obbligo). Due seguiti e...». 

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - «What can you say about A Chinese Ghost Story that hasn't been said? A certified Hong Kong Cinema classic, the film would still probably be playing Midnight Movie fests nationwide if it weren't for the obligatory Miramax/Disney embargo. A Chinese Ghost Story features many of Hong Kong Cinema's celebrated hallmarks, including over-the-top action, a wild mix of genres, and overwrought emotions that prove surprisingly compelling. Nowadays, the movie may seem slapdash and overeager-to-please, but there's no denying its impact on Hong Kong Cinema's global reputation. Leslie Cheung stars as Ning, a meek tax collector who finds himself involved in a wacky supernatural romance. He's slated to become a victim to enchanting ghost Nie (Joey Wong), who's bound to an evil tree demon (Lau Siu-Ming) who feed on men's souls. Ning's soul is slated for consumption, but due to a variety of circumstances, he's prevented from becoming soul food. Even more, the comely Nie grows to care for Ning, and vice versa. Then roving ghostbuster Wu Ma shows up to take down spirits with his nifty Taoist methods. There's also impomptu singing, sumptuous production design, and a tree demon with an extraordinarily long tongue. What a great film! Reviewing A Chinese Ghost Story as an actual film is probably useless by now, as its international repuation has been all but etched in stone. It's not hard to see what made the film such a festival hit. Not only does it possess Hong Kong's unique mixture of comedy-action-drama-romance, but it's also genuinely compelling in its hyperemotional excess and—at the time—willingness to defy the Western filmmaking rules of the super happy ending. The potpourri of film techniques (i.e., slow motion, dutch angles) provides extra zip to the proceedings, and the production design is amazing in its sheer manufactured beauty. And Ching Siu-Tung's action is beautifully choreographed and energetically staged...». 

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