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A Chinese Ghost Story (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Louis Koo (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | Fan Siu Wong (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor)
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Following the critical and commercial success of the Ip Man series, acclaimed director Wilson Yip seeks to update the 80s fantasy classic A Chinese Ghost Story in his unique vision. Rather than a straight-laced remake, Yip's big-budget modern retelling is an audacious reinterpretation of the supernatural story from Liaozhai the beloved original by Tsui Hark and Ching Siu Tung is based on. The major difference involves shifting the focus to demon hunter Yan Chixia (Louis Koo), who even gets entangled in a human-demon romantic triangle with Nie Xiaoqian (Liu Yifei, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Ning Caichen (Yu Shaoqun, Shaolin). Kara Hui and Fan Siu Wong lend their kung fu star credentials to the 2011 production, which combines impressive action scenes (choreographed by veteran Ma Yuk Sing) and top-notch visual effects created by Korean CG experts to exhilarating results.

Aspiring to be the top demon hunter, Yan Chixia (Louis Koo) ventures into the sinister Black Mountain, taking it as his training ground. There, he has slain all kinds of evil spirits and monsters in countless dangerous battles, but when the young exorcist encounters the enchanting fox spirit Nie Xiaoqian (Liu Yifei) and falls helplessly in love with her, he can't get himself to kill her. Years later, the village at the bottom of Black Mountain is faced with a serious drought, and the villagers are forced to find a new source of water on the demon-infested mountain. Part of the search team, a good-natured scholar named Ning Caichen (Yu Shaoqun) becomes smitten with Xiaoqian, who is being enslaved by the powerful and bloodthirsty Tree Demon (Kara Hui)...

This edition comes with making of, shooting diary, props intro, music video, and trailers.

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Product Title: A Chinese Ghost Story (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 聊齋之倩女幽魂 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 聊斋之倩女幽魂 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 聊齋之倩女幽魂 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) A Chinese Ghost Story (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Louis Koo (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | Fan Siu Wong (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor) | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Fung Hak On (Actor) | Li Jing (Actor) | Lin Peng (Actor) | Gong Xin Liang (Actor) | Yu Shao Qun (Actor) | 咪咪 Wang Dan Yi Li (Actor) 古天樂 (Actor) | 劉亦菲 (Actor) | 樊少皇 (Actor) | 惠 英紅 (Actor) | 徐錦江 (Actor) | 馮克安 (Actor) | 李菁 (Actor) | 林鵬 (Actor) | 鞏新亮 (Actor) | 余 少群 (Actor) | 王丹怡栗 (Actor) 古天乐 (Actor) | 刘亦菲 (Actor) | 樊少皇 (Actor) | 惠 英红 (Actor) | 徐锦江 (Actor) | 冯克安 (Actor) | 李菁 (Actor) | 林鹏 (Actor) | 巩新亮 (Actor) | 余 少群 (Actor) | 王丹怡栗 (Actor) 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 劉亦菲(リウ・イーフェイ) (Actor) | 樊少皇(ルイス・ファン) (Actor) | 恵英紅(クララ・ワイ) (Actor) | 徐錦江(チョイ・ガムゴン) (Actor) | 馮克安 (フォン・ハクオン) (Actor) | Li Jing (Actor) | Lin Peng (Actor) | 鞏新亮 (ミュウミュウ・コン) (Actor) | 余少群 (ユー・シャオチュン) (Actor) | 咪咪 Wang Dan Yi Li (Actor) Louis Koo (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | 번소황 (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor) | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Fung Hak On (Actor) | Li Jing (Actor) | Lin Peng (Actor) | Gong Xin Liang (Actor) | Yu Shao Qun (Actor) | 咪咪 Wang Dan Yi Li (Actor)
Director: Wilson Yip 葉偉信 叶伟信 葉偉信(ウィルソン・イップ) Wilson Yip
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-07-22
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio, Uncompressed PCM 7.1.
Disc Format(s): 50 GB - Double Layer, Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 101 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024668419

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Teaser
- Music Video
- Making of
- Behind the Scene
- Special Effects
- Shooting Diary
- Props Intro
Approximate : 85 minutes

Director: Wilson Yip

The story takes place in an ancient mountain village.There were spirits and tree monsters living on Black Mountain and these demons were always engaged in slaughter and bloodshed.The villagers all fear to enter the mountain and the Lan Ruo temple within the mountain.
When Yan Chi Xia (Louis Koo) was still young, he chose Black Mountain to practice and realize his dreams of becoming a good Demon Hunter.He experienced many dangerous battles with demons in Black Mountain.His sword became more fearful, and he gets more powerful and confident as he overcomes all the spirits and monsters until the day he met Nie Xiaoqian (Crystal Liu Yi Fei) and their sad story begins.
Many years later, when the river at the base of Black Mountain dried up, the villagers made the decision to search for a water source on the mountain. Humans, ancient spirits and tree monsters enter into conflict. From there, another romantic legend emerges …
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Professional Review of "A Chinese Ghost Story (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 25, 2011

This professional review refers to A Chinese Ghost Story (2011) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Ching Siu Tung and Tsui Hark's 1987 immortal classic of Hong Kong cinema A Chinese Ghost Story returns to screens in a new version with Ip Man series director Wilson Yip at the helm. Wisely, although a remake, the film makes an effort to do something a little different with the original Liaozhai source material, staying true to its themes whilst taking a different approach to its characters and their relationships. Unsurprisingly, the highly anticipated film was a major blockbuster release, boasting extensive special effects work from a top Korean team, and an all star cast headed by popular leading man Louis Koo (Don't Go Breaking My Heart), Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom) and Yu Shaoqun (Shaolin), with support from veteran Kara Hui (who featured in many Shaw Brothers hits such as Legendary Weapons of China), Fan Siu Wong (Ip Man), and, most excitingly, old school Hong Kong genre legend and frequent category III hero Elvis Tsui (The Eternal Evil of Asia).

The film's main change is its focusing on demon hunter Yan Chixia (Louis Koo) as the protagonist, starting with him travelling to the haunted Black Mountain to tackle its ghosts and ghouls (which are interestingly never referred to as such by the script, no doubt due to the Chinese censors' current frowning on their mention). There, he comes up against gorgeous fox spirit Nie Xiaoqian (Liu Yifei), and falls in love with her, eventually choosing to rob her of her memories of their time together rather than killing her. Things move forward a few years, with the nearby village going through a deadly drought, which kind hearted but bumbling scholar Ning Caichen (Yu Shaoqun) agrees to investigate. He too is drawn to Xiaoqian, who is now claiming victims at the behest of the evil Tree Demon (Kara Hui), and the oblivious young man does his best to court her, until Yan Chixia steps in, rekindling feelings from the past.

To get the obvious out of the way first - A Chinese Ghost Story 2011 is nowhere near as good as A Chinese Ghost Story 1987. However, given the fact that the original is arguably one of the very best cinematic achievements ever from Hong Kong, this in itself was probably always going to be inevitable, and judged on its own merits the remake actually has a great deal going for it. The changes work well enough, and the shift in romantic lead does give the plot a different feel and an interesting love triangle, even if Ning Caichen is never really given the chance to convince as anything other than a temporary stand-in until Xiaoqian gets her memory back.

The film still manages to retain the same bittersweet air of ill-fated love, and just about hits the same winning note of enchantment, supernatural shenanigans and martial arts action. It helps that the cast are all creditable in their roles, with Louis Koo looking suitably pained, Liu Yifei making for a winsome spirit and Yu Shaoqun doing his best in what mainly amounts to a comic relief role. While they don't live up to the charismatic paring of Leslie Cheung and Joey Wong or the awesome bluster of Wu Ma, all do perfectly well with the material and help to ensure that the film does have a certain amount of emotional resonance - though this may be at least in part due to the re-use of Cheung's iconic theme song, which is sure to bring back wistful reminiscences.

Wilson Yip goes a considerable way to recreating the feel of the original, with some endearingly similar sets and costumes, and some crazily kinetic camera work and lighting that does a great job of evoking the heady heyday of late 1980s Hong Kong cinema. On this level, the film really does excel, mixing in these old school values with some superior use of computer effects to make for a gorgeous, at times dizzying visual experience. The film is entertainingly over the top, seeming to revel in its near surreal other-worldly excess, and is leaps and bounds above other recent Chinese CGI heavy blockbusters. The action choreography by Ma Yuk Sing (a long standing industry veteran who has worked on everything from Stephen Chow's Royal Tramp and Chinese Odyssey through to recent hits like City Under Siege and Storm Warriors) is exciting and graceful, fluidly bringing together wirework and digital effects in a series of fast paced and impressive set pieces. Although never neglecting the melodrama, Yip keeps the action coming thick and fast, and despite packing in a fair few flashbacks and endearingly odd tangents, the film moves along at a fine pace.

As a result, although the film fails to best the original A Chinese Ghost Story, it by no means disgraces itself either, and is easily one of the more spectacular and enjoyable supernaturally themed Asian blockbusters of the last few years. Wilson Yip and his cast manage to pull together a fun, imaginative and thematically faithful effort which should please fans and newcomers alike.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (4)

Tao Jiang Yu
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August 6, 2011

The real spoken language in the film! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Allot of people on the internet are debating which audio is the real one, well both of them are! If you own the Dvd or Blu-ray, you can switch the audio back and fourth to see who has been dubbed in which audio. Crystal Liu Yifei was dubbed in the Cantonese audio, it's not her voice, the Mandarin audio is, while Louis Koo was dubbed on certain scenes, because during scenes with Crystal her had to speak in Mandarin to her.

In a way if you are familiar with the actor/actress voice you will know right away if they have been dubbed, or sometimes they dubbed themselves.
It's very common for Chinese movies, but it doesn't bother me, but I do prefer the Mandarin language then the Cantonese language, I like it better, plus it's the official Chinese language.
I know allot of Cantonese speakers at my university who can't speak Mandarin, but the Mandarin speakers can speak Cantonese, which I found interesting but when you think about it Cantonese is native the the province of where Hong Kong is.
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August 4, 2011

I give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The movie could of use more story scenario's then what it offered, because to me the entire plot was rushed through and not enough info of each character was given very clearly. I liked the movie, but it just wasn't as good as I thought it would be.
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August 1, 2011

1 people found this review helpful

more please! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Ok lets be clear this is NOT the original film. It has enough elements of the original but adds enough new elements to be a fun evenings viewing. I loved the original movies and did not think a remake was needed, but i still really enjoyed this film. The lead cast may not have the chemistry of leslie cheung and joey wong but still did a great job. In truth no remake would ever be good in many peoples eyes. This new film will appeal to a new generation who may not have seen the original. The blu ray has fantastic picture and sound. The 7.1 uncompressed mix gave my speakers a real workout! Really nice to see a hong kong ghost story movie again. Hope more are on the way!
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July 25, 2011

Shame, shame, shame Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
Why remake something which is a timeless classic?? While the original had some 'silly' fighting sequences, they blended so well into the movie , no one was complaining. This remake has so many wireworks/"wirefu" and cgi, I find it so tiring.

However, the good part is legendary kungfu girl Kara Hui has resurfaced. Pity she wasn't given any real fighting sequences but she played the 'tree spirit' wonderfully.

Be it tribute or not to beloved Leslie Cheung ( who sang the original theme song ), the mandarin version was played during the end-credit. Personally speaking, the producers should have written another song for this remake.
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