My first King Hu film, and I can easily see what the hype is about. While this genre picture necessarily lapses into by-the-numbers ghost story and action movie mechanics, it often pauses, as if overwhelmed by its own majesty, for moments of meditative visualization and prophetic montage. Hu's inherent lyricism pushes through the film's mechanics. The experience you are left with is a spiritual one.
Intoxicatingly beautiful in places (and ravishingly scored), although I found it hard to work out what was going on sometimes, no doubt a result of severe pruning from the director's own cut (an additional hour of running time). Would love to see the DC. In the meantime, Hu remains one of brilliant filmmakers badly served through lack of availability and lack of restoration.