Running Time: 95 minutes
MPAA Rating: NR (probably R)
Format: Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese-Simplified Characters, Chinese-Traditional, Bahasa-Malaysia, Bahasa-Indonesia, Thai
Region: All
MSRP: $49.95

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A Chinese Ghost Story (1987) (Import)

A Chinese Ghost Story is probably one of the finest examples of the HK wire work filmmaking out there. This film has a Taoist swordsman leaping from tree to tree to avoid a giant tongue that's chasing him. Does it matter why? Hell no!

Leslie "I'm in every Hong Kong movie ever made" Cheung stars as a slightly corrupt tax collector who is forced by fate to stay at a haunted temple. The temple's resident ghost, played by Joey Wang, seduces luckless travelers and turns them over to the forest spirit, who has the aforementioned gigantic organ of taste. The collector and the ghost fall in love, and discover that they will have to defy Heaven and Hell to stay together.

Read the full Stomp Tokyo review here.

The video is sharp, if way too bright. Apparently whoever supervised the transfer overcompensated for the many night scenes in the movie.

I can't help but feel that the sound is flat on the default Cantonese audio track. This is probably a result of Media Asia's "remastering" of the soundtrack to Dolby Digital 5.1. Also, the music and sound effects will occasionally eclipse the dialogue. If you don't care about hearing the actor's real voices (or their normal dubbed voices), you can listen to the Mandarin track, which sounds better.

There are English subtitles, though they are the same incoherent ones this movie has been saddled with since it came out.

Like most of Media Asia's early DVDs, Chinese Ghost Story has a theatrical trailer and a "More Attractions" extended trailer for all of Media Asia's DVD titles at the time. There are also filmographies accessible from the "About The Film' menu option. Oh, and like all Media Asia DVDs, they're going to make sure you watch the Media Asia Group logo as many times as is humanly possible (twice just to get to the startup menu, twice to get to the beginning of the movie).

Scott Hamilton, 3/15/00