Painted Skin (1993)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2000-01-14
Summary: Dull & below average
Lacklustre effort from one of Asia's great directors. One of many takes on Chinese_Ghost_Story, combined with the Wizard of Oz ! The climactic fight scenes are quite okay, but the direction is dull and the pacing mostly very flat. If this plot summary read like fun, then you'll see how good this movie could have been.

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Lacklustre effort from one of Asia's great directors. One of many takes on Chinese_Ghost_Story, combined with the Wizard of Oz ! Mr Wong (Adam Cheng) invites lonely traveller Yau Fung (Joey Wong) home, carried away by his lust and not realizing she's a ghost. Mr Wong and his wife (he proposed to take Yau as a concubine) then run for help, which arrives in the form of Taoist monk Cheng To Ling (Lau Shun) and his assistant (Wu Ma, who accosted Mr Wong before as a seller of dog meat noodles). Yau pleads that she is a good ghost, but she needs help to reincarnate, so she sets of with the Taoists to seek help. After directions from The Purple Monk (Lam Ching Ying, who jumps in and out in about one minute), they find Tai Yuet (Samo Hung), who is powerful enough to fight Yau's semi-estranged husband, the Demon King (who has, in the interim, killed lots of the villagers and taken over Mr Wong's body). The climactic fight scenes are quite okay, but the direction is dull and the pacing mostly very flat. If this plot summary read like fun, then you'll see how good this movie could have been. Below average.
Reviewer Score: 3