Ching Siu-tung (born 1953), also known as Tony Ching, is a Hong Kong action choreographer, actor, film director and producer, who has directed over 20 films, including the critically acclaimed supernatural fantasy A Chinese Ghost Story (1987).
Ching began as an actor and martial arts instructor working in Hong Kong action cinema in the 1960s and 1970s (his father, Ching Gong, was a Shaw Brothers Studio director, and Ching Siu-tung had been trained in Peking opera as a child), but he made his directorial debut in 1982 with the ground-breaking wuxia classic Duel to the Death.
Ching worked with producer Tsui Hark on 1987’s A Chinese Ghost Story, which became an international sensation, although it was usually Tsui Hark who took most of the plaudits. He continued to work with Tsui Hark, directing sequels to that film in 1990 and 1991, and co-directing all three parts of the Swordsman series, starting in 1990. Other directorial highlights included the highly successful Royal… read more
Tsui Hark produces a supernatural love story for the ages, loaded with practical special effects and dizzying camera work reminiscent of Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead." Martial arts buffs won't likely be sated by the infrequent fight scenes, but "A Chinese Ghost Story" remains a landmark picture of its genre for embodying the relentless energy and creative filmmaking technique that defined the Hong Kong New Wave.
An utter beautiful and delirious film, folk legends blurring with the best of the 1980s aesthetic of Hong Kong cinema to create a standout of that era of the region’s film output. That it manages to feel like the Evil Dead 2 and then outdo it in its unadulterated energy is a cherry on top.