倩女幽魂III 道道道
A Chinese Ghost Story III (1991)

Reviewed by: Hyomil
Date: 04/07/2011

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: Chungking_Cash
Date: 02/22/2007

A retread of the first two films sans Leslie Cheung. The dialogue feels tired and the situations decidedly redundant the third time around the block. You can argue this is nothing more than a hammy spin on the original with superior special effects.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 06/16/2006
Summary: Third time is the charm.

Third time is the charm as director Tony Ching Siu-Tung and producer Tsui Hark unleash a 2nd sequel to their 1987 box office hit. A Chinese Ghost Story III jumps a 100 years ahead, drops Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing, and replaces him with future international superstar Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. Joey Wong Cho-Yin reprises her role as the ghostly vixen while Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau adds the comic relief as he did in the first sequel. This is one sequel that is hard not to like.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 04/04/2006

Great fun and wonderful to look at, but not in the same class as the first two. Nevertheless, I'm STILL waiting for CGS IV. C'mon, Tsui, how about it ????

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 06/28/2005
Summary: 7/10

Rewatching the trilogy on the newly remastered boxset I actually found myself enjoying Part III the most of the three! This is probably because I've watched Part 1 to death though, or perhaps because Part 3 had the least soundtrack tampering of the new remasters (all contain new and poorly added sound effects, even in the so-called "original 2.0" mix),

To be sure, it doesn't have the grace & beauty of the first part, and in places it does feel too much like a ca$h in, but it's entertaining enough and has some of the best wirework ever commited to film. Joey Wang never looked better than she did in these films, and exudes more sexuality here than in the first two parts. Tony Leung doesn't have the naive innocence Leslie Cheung brought to the first two films, but makes up for it with his comic performance. Jackie Cheung is no substitute for Wu Ma, but his lechery is quite amusing.

The film is in many ways a retread of the first part, with the overall story and multiple specific scenes being too close to the 1987 original, but it is at least more even in tone than Part II.

So, whilst it was clearly never going to achieve the same place in cinematic history as the first part, and it's in some ways disappointing that they tried to mine the same story for $ again, there's enough in ACGS3 to enjoy and appreciate for it to be worth having in your collection.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 09/19/2003

A pair of monks take refuge in an old church during a rainstorm, where a tree demon decides to take their souls, and sends out a pair of nymphs (Joey Wong and Nina Li Chi) to dispatch them. The monks manage to fight off the demons, but lose their prized (and magical) Gold Buddha in the process. Now, the young monk (Tony Leung) must join up with a wandering swordsman (Jacky Cheung) to try and stop the demons.

As you might guess, this is not really a continuation of the first two movies. Rather, it is more of a similar tale in the genre. It's effective for what it is: the special effects are suitably inventive and gruesome, the action is fast and lively, and there is also a nice bit of drama and romance and Joey Wong starts to have feelings for Tony Leung. It's nothing earth-shattering, but A Chinese Ghost Story III should please fans of the first two movies. Even if you haven't seen either of the previous films, it's still an entertaining way to kill ninety minutes.

Reviewed by: balstino
Date: 05/02/2003
Summary: Still Good...

The weaker of the series, but at least Joey Wong returns to her ghost role. Some of the special effects are very good in this and the comedy is subtle but funny. Worth getting? In my opinion, you just have to own all 3 films!

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 02/27/2002
Summary: Bad end to a classic trilogy

Part 3, as are most films if they get this far, is very disappointing in comparison to the first 2 films. It’s set 100 years later from the original, meaning unfortunately Leslie Cheung is long dead by now, and therefore trying to set the story off from scratch again, which is a very bad idea.

Tony Leung takes the lead, though nothing to do with his character he played in part 2. Same with Jacky Cheung. They all look good on screen, and carry out their parts well. The only character to continue is Joey Wong, still looking as stunning as before. Nina Li makes a rather disappointing appearance, but Joey & Tony are the ones who make it look good.

The music is very similar as well to Leslie Cheung’s original theme song, this time being replaced with Jacky Cheung’s version. All in all, it’s a good film, but it just doesn’t feel right without Leslie Cheung, and it all looks like we’ve seen it before in part 1. Tsui Hark should have either left it at 2 parts, or done some serious rethinking before making the final in the trilogy. It's just like the mess up on the Better Tomorrow trilogy. Still, it’s worth seeing if you’ve seen the first 2 parts (which are excellent in my opinion).

Rating [3/5]

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 05/05/2001
Summary: The best of this GENRE!!

I found this the best of the 3 in the series while a lot of people will disagree with me!! This is not linked at all to the first or 2nd by the way!!This is a funny movie!! You'll laugh your head off!! I was very entertained with the comedy and fighting in this movie. See what you do with a comb when you got no hair on your head.........
A must see if you like this GENRE!!


Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: alienlord
Date: 04/29/2001

Despite the fact that this is a retelling of the original, I still found it much more enjoyable then the second installment. The energetic special effects make this high-budget fairy tale so enjoyable it offers repeated sessions of captivating vieiwing. Joey Wong is perfect in one of her most sexual roles ever.
*** and a half/4.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: ElectraWoman
Date: 10/12/2000
Summary: 6.5/10-Blah, another re-hash

Now, I'm very glad this is the last of the series-because this film, to me, shows how old the "mortal loves ghost" concept is.

The basic idea remains-a man finds a ghost and they fall in love-but with a twist. The man is a monk. Apart from that there is little variation in the plot. There's your nutty Taoist ghost-buster, and your climatic fight at the end with a temple throwing a massive tantrum. Tony Leung puts in a charming perfomance, while Joey Wong is stuck in the same character as she was in the first movie. Disappointing and boring.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Once again, beauties from the afterworld wreak havoc on thelife of a young man. This time, the temptation falls on a student traveling to the haunted Orchid Temple with a wise High Priest. Demons, Devils, and sorcery abound in this third installment of the highly successful trilogy.

[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

This was kind of fun, but not very good compared to the first two. The plot is just a re-hashing of part I. Essentially, it's 100 years after part 1, the tree-demon is back, this time to rid of two monks taking rest in the same temple. Wong plays another unfortunate spirit controlled by the tree-demon, with a different name.

[Reviewed by Anonymous]

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

Red-hot witches from haunted Orchid Temple seduce men, stick four-foot tongues down their throats, then eat them alive. But heart-palpitatingly lovely Joey Wong develops a crush for a passing monk (Leung Ka Fai). She rescues him from her sisters, not to mention an Evil Priestess (played by Jacky Cheung in drag) and the Tree Devil to gain freedom from an arranged marriage with the Mountain Devil -- a gigantic, walking, breathing temple with teeth! Cheap Saturday matinee FX ga lore! Joey Wong offers full tongue kisses to her male co-star, which is why I've just taken up acting.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 7