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334 Ratings

A Chinese Ghost Story

Sien nui yau wan

Directed by Ching Siu-Tung
Hong Kong, 1987
Comedy, Horror


Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. No-one is willing to give him shelter for the night, so he ends up in the haunted Lan Ro temple. There, he meets Taoist Swordsman Yen Che-Hsia, and the beautiful Nieh Hsiao-Tsing, with whom he falls in love.

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A Chinese Ghost Story Directed by Ching Siu-Tung

Awards & Festivals

Golden Horse Film Festival

1987 | 4 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

Hong Kong Film Awards

1988 | 3 wins including: Best Art Direction

1988 | 9 nominations including: Best Picture

Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival

1987 | Winner: Best Special Effects

Critics reviews

Tsui and Ching bring this venerable material into the present with advanced special effects and a cock-eyed sense of humor and horror inspired by Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series.
February 02, 2017
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A Chinese Ghost Story, a pinnacle of Hong Kong film, also represents in turn an exemplar of a showbiz ethic, one that aims to offer a variety of entertainment, shifting from thunderous action to scares to romantic melodrama to slapstick comedy to musical numbers, without fatal tonal uncertainty or narrative diffusion.
June 21, 2013
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