This is my all-time equal favourite HK movie in any genre.
Reviewer Score: 10
See it on the big screen, and be overwhelmed by the gorgeous images and lush sensual feel. It also feautures some stunning nude women, including one of the few (and, unfortunately, brief) nude appearances of the luscious Tsang Siu Yin.
No matter. The equally lovely Chik King Man and Charine Chan make up for this. As well as acres of nudity with other actors.
This is high production value period porn par excellence, with some wonderfully surreal (and even funny) images swirling and shifting.
The only fault I can pick is that the story occasionally slips into extreme silliness. The "ona gee gee" is one such slip up.
But this is a minor fault. See it in a cinema, and be completely transported.
Not bad on the small screen, but does lose a lot of its impact there.
Stunning ! Never thought I'd see a better HK film than Chinese Ghost Story II, but EGS II is just that. If I were to compile a list of everything I love about HK cinema, EGS II would have it. Comparison with EGS I : much darker in tone, less humour (though still several laugh-out-loud moments), even more visually wonderful, even more and better erotic/nude scenes, more horror (and much better done), paced quicker, plot more convoluted and confusing. Story/pacing : The major characters (more than a dozen !) are introduced at a bewildering pace, equalled only by the Kung Fu Cult Master. Each character is introduced with a written side-title (helpfully, in Chinese only !). This is one of the few films I've seen where the sex scenes, exciting as they are, are classifiable as rest breaks ! Visuals : Absolutely first-rate. Lush, gorgeous, colourful photography. This is what well-made HK Ghost Stories are justly famous for. Similar look and colour pallette to Maidens Of Heavenly Mountains, but even better. Erotic/sex scenes : Outstanding and frequent. Saturated with exceptionally well-done eroticism and sex, which occasionally crosses the line into porn. The closing sequence, though definitely a horror scene, contains some of the most poetic and primal erotic images I've ever watched on the silver screen. The shy young girl anxiously trying to arouse her lover, to free him from ice-block prison in order to consumate their still-virgin love and therefore break the demon's power, while her friend distracts the demon with underwater foreplay, while ice-block's brother's wife is imprisoned with demon's mate in a bath of blood, into which he pours his sexual energy ....... yes, it does get rather complicated ..... Horror scenes : Saturated with sex. Gloriously colourful, on the gory side without going over the top. Acting : compentent, apart from Anthony Wong, who appropriately plays Wu Tung wildly over the top. Overall : Crawl over cut glass to see this one ! Even better, see it on a double bill with EGS I - if it doesn't entirely blow your mind, then you must either have no love of film and/or no beauty in your soul.