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Painted Skin II (2012) (DVD) (Malaysia Version) DVD Region 3

Vicki Zhao (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Chen Kun (Actor) | Mini Yang (Actor)
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While billed as the sequel to Gordon Chan's Painted Skin (2008), Wuershan's Painted Skin: The Resurrection can be seen as a standalone film sharing similar themes, but ultimately a different and perhaps more intriguing take of the classic story from Liao Zhai. The Golden Horse Award-winning new director, who displayed his visual flair in his debut feature The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman, works magic with the big-budget costume fantasy epic, blending action, horror, spectacular effects, and a gripping tale of love and sacrifice involving humans and demons.

Painted Skin's star trio Zhou Xun, Vicki Zhao, and Aloys Chen return to topline the sequel, with Zhou again playing the foxy seductress, wreaking havoc between a pair of lovers played by Zhao and Chen. Mini Yang and William Feng, the popular duo from the hit drama Palace, add to the film's star appeal in key supporting roles, while singer/actor Kris Phillips and actress Chen Tingjia vie for the spotlight as the villainous wizard and the barbarian queen, respectively. Produced by renowned filmmaker Chen Kuo Fu (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame), the 3D mega-blockbuster raked in over RMB700 million at the Mainland box office, beating Let the Bullets Fly to become the new highest-grossing local film in China.

Fox demon Xiaowei (Zhou Xun) has been trapped in ice for centuries, until bird spirit Que'er (Mini Yang) inadvertently releases her from the imprisonment. Xiaowei wants nothing more than to become human, but she needs to find someone who is willing to give up their heart. She crosses paths with scarred Princess Jing (Vicki Zhao) when the latter is running away from her arranged marriage with the Wolf Kingdom's prince. Jing is on her way to find her beau, Huo Xin (Aloys Chen), a General on self-imposed exile as he blames himself for his failure to protect the Princess. Jing is eventually reunited with Huo Xin on the western frontier, only to find that he is bewitched by Xiaowei's beauty. Desperate to win back her true love at any cost, Jing agrees to exchange her heart with Xiaowei's face, not knowing that to maintain this entrancing appearance, she will have to devour a living man's heart every day...

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Product Title: Painted Skin II (2012) (DVD) (Malaysia Version) 畫皮II (2012) (DVD) (馬來西亞版) 画皮II (2012) (DVD) (马来西亚版) 畫皮II (2012) (DVD) (マレーシア版) Painted Skin II (2012) (DVD) (Malaysia Version)
Also known as: Painted Skin: The Resurrection 畫皮2 / 轉生術 画皮2 / 转生术 Painted Skin: The Resurrection Painted Skin: The Resurrection
Artist Name(s): Vicki Zhao (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Chen Kun (Actor) | Mini Yang (Actor) | Fei Hsiang (Kris Phillips) (Actor) | Chen Ting Jia (Actor) | William Feng (Actor) | Dong Wei Jia (Actor) | Lenox Lu (Actor) | Ran Ping 趙薇 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | 陳坤 (Actor) | 楊 冪 (Actor) | 費翔 (Actor) | 陳廷嘉 (Actor) | 馮 紹峰 (Actor) | 董 維嘉 (Actor) | 魯 諾 (Actor) | 冉平 赵薇 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | 陈坤 (Actor) | 杨 幂 (Actor) | 费翔 (Actor) | 陈廷嘉 (Actor) | 冯 绍峰 (Actor) | 董 维嘉 (Actor) | 鲁 诺 (Actor) | 冉平 趙薇 (ヴィッキー・チャオ) (Actor) | 周迅 (ジョウ・シュン)  (Actor) | 陳坤(チェン・クン) (Actor) | 楊冪(ヤン・ミー) (Actor) | 費翔 (クリス・フィリップス) (Actor) | Chen Ting Jia (Actor) | 馮紹峰(ウィリアム・フォン) (Actor) | Dong Wei Jia (Actor) | Lenox Lu (Actor) | Ran Ping Vicki Zhao (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Chen Kun (Actor) | Mini Yang (Actor) | 크리스 필립스 (Actor) | Chen Ting Jia (Actor) | 풍소봉 (Actor) | Dong Wei Jia (Actor) | Lenox Lu (Actor) | Ran Ping
Director: Wu Er Shan 烏爾善 乌尔善 烏爾善(ウー・アールシャン) Wu Er Shan
Action Director: Tung Wai 董瑋 董玮 董瑋 (トン・ワイ) Tung Wai
Producer: Chen Kuo Fu 陳國富 陈国富 チェン・クォフー Chen Kuo Fu
Release Date: 2012-09-19
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Malay
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: PMP Entertainment (M) SDN. BHD.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031544904

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Director: Wu Er Shan

According to demon lore, it takes hundreds of years to attain human form. Even then, lacking a human heart, a demon cannot experience the true pains and passions of existence. However, there is a legend that if a pure human heart is freely offered to a demon, it can become a mortal and experience true life.
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Professional Review of "Painted Skin II (2012) (DVD) (Malaysia Version)"

August 31, 2012

This professional review refers to Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version)
Donnie Yen does not return for Painted Skin: The Resurrection a.k.a. Painted Skin 2 and that's just fine. Yen upped the martial arts quotient of director Gordon Chan's 2008 hit Painted Skin, but his stoic presence felt incongruous with the film's ensemble cast and Chinese Ghost Story-esque horror-fantasy tone. Lacking genuine martial arts, Painted Skin 2 compensates with solid entertainment, and earns bonus points with surprising eroticism, delightfully weird bad guys and culturally-inaccurate but nonetheless alluring sets and costumes. Best of all, Painted Skin 2 possesses a genre story that's remarkably sound and free of any SARFT-approval screenwriter traps. The whole thing is a little baroque, but that adds to the fun.

A distant sequel to the 2008 original, Painted Skin 2 finds immortal fox demon Xiaowei (Zhou Xun) roaming China centuries after performing a rare act of nobility. As punishment for violating heavenly law, Xiaowei is imprisoned in ice, but she's freed by lower-level bird demon Qu'er (Mini Yang). Back hunting human hearts to survive, Xiaowei decides upon a new goal: she wants to become human. However, she can only complete the transformation during a rare solar eclipse and if a human willingly gives Xiaowei his or her heart. That's a tall order, but Xiaowei finds a situation that may suit her needs. The disfigured Princess Jing (Vicki Zhao, not reprising her role from Painted Skin 1) may be open to a trade: her heart for an immortal life. Jing's promised boon: everlasting beauty. The rub: she'll have to eat human hearts to survive. Choices, choices.

Duh, Princess Jing's demonic bargain is due to love. The Princess pines for the manly General Huo (Aloys Chen, also not reprising his Painted Skin 1 role) and only with Xiaowei's help might the two be together. The reasons for Huo and Jing's romantic schism include royal duties, melodramatic self-loathing and a plenty of sad backstory, all of which the filmmakers dole out over two-plus hours. Painted Skin 2 has only occasional action but possesses oodles of visual style and slow-motion theatrics courtesy of director Wuershan, who's no stranger to stylized filmmaking. However, compared to the over-directed assault of Wuershan's The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman, Painted Skin 2 is a leisurely stroll. Wuershan unfolds his situations deliberately, dressing up the neatly developed storyline with stylized CGI-enhanced visuals. It's all very fake but also quite entertaining, like watching RPG cutscenes.

The RPG comparison is apt; Painted Skin 1's look firmly signaled China, but the sequel goes for an opulent Asian mishmash. Costumes and architecture are a combo of Japanese and Chinese influences, and the barbaric bad guys look like rejects from Princess Mononoke. Final Fantasy image designer Yoshitaka Amano is credited with the film's concept design and indeed much of Painted Skin 2 resembles Amano's ethereal Final Fantasy artwork. The storyline twists and turns divertingly, and Wuershan adds to the mix with some unexpected erotic imagery. At times, Vicki Zhao and Zhou Xun share a bath, where they rub and even swap their naked skins. Naughty bits are hidden and body doubles are obvious, but seeing the two beautiful actresses frolic covered only by water and steam is enticing. Sometimes things get a little creepy, with shadow and composition making it seem like Zhao and Zhou are conjoined twins swimming in the womb. Heterosexual men still should not complain.

Naturally, Vicki Zhao and Zhou Xun's acting abilities are a huge plus. The two top-billed actresses can handle seductive gazes and soulful emotion with equal skill, so it's a treat to watch them in Painted Skin 2, where - thanks to the skin-swapping plot device - they can do both. Aloys Chen starts as somewhat of a himbo but recovers nicely to anchor some of the film's most deliriously romantic sequences. Mini Yang is fetching in the film's cute/sexy role, with William Feng providing effective comic support as Yang's demon hunter love interest. One surprise is Chinese-American popstar Kris Phillips, whose legendary handsome visage is unrecognizable beneath a skull cap and white make-up. The fiftysomething Phillips plays "the Wizard", one of the film's main baddies and a frontrunner for inclusion in the Camp Villain Hall of Fame. If your Painted Skin 2 ticket cost HK$80, then Kris Phillips is worth at least 25% of that.

Painted Skin 2 occasionally trips up. The pace does lag mid-way, the characters don't always behave credibly, and the romances are more than a tad self-absorbed. Wuershan is terrific with visuals but he fails to provide that storytelling spark that someone like Tsui Hark would have. The comparison is a bit unfair because not just anyone can be Tsui Hark. However, likening these modern Painted Skin films to Tsui's seminal Hong Kong Cinema is valid due to their mix of fantasy, comedy and lurid romance. Painted Skin 2 does possess some of that indescribable multi-genre joy, where a film can shift emotions from grand romance to icky horror in just a heartbeat. The results are equal parts "wow" and "wtf", but the filmmakers' desire to entertain eventually endears. Eschewing grand significance or arch cleverness, Painted Skin: The Resurrection instead goes for straight up commercial appeal, and it succeeds handily.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Painted Skin II (2012) (DVD) (Malaysia Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (3)

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September 17, 2014

This customer review refers to Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Spectacular and enthralling Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Painted Skin: The Resurrection" opens with fox demon Xiaowei (Zhou Xun) frozen in a great block of ice, where she is sentenced by the demon world to remain for 500 years for the sin of yearning to become human. Bird spirit Quer (Mini Yang) spies her beautiful face through the ice and chips away at the frozen block until a crack forms and Xiao Wei emerges to carry on her quest.

Princess Jing (Zhao Wei) longs to be reunited with the man she loves. However, in an attempt to appease the threats of the Wolf Kingdom, she has been betrothed against her will to the Wolf Kingdom's prince. Jing flees to the remote border outpost where her love, Huo Xin (Aloys Chen), has been banished for failing to protect her from a bear attack that left her hideously scarred. Huo Xin is tormented by conflicting desires. He deeply loves the princess, but knows that he must repress any hope of marrying royalty. He has been charmed by the great beauty of the fox demon. And his highest purpose must be to defend the realm against the evil aims of the Wolf Kingdom. Xiaowei proposes to Jing a solution to their problems: If they switch bodies, then they both may achieve their aims. However, this plan yields fateful unanticipated consequences.

Reciting these bare plot points fails to suggest the wonderful subtlety and great emotional power of the storytelling, nor does it capture the breathtaking beauty that pervades the film. Even the smallest moments stun with their marvelous visuals, such as when the Wolf Kingdom launches a barrage of hundreds of fiery arrows at the outpost and, just for an instant, we see the arrows arrayed in the sky like deadly onrushing stars -- truly gorgeous. Or the brief moments when the bird demon transforms from human to bird form -- spectacular!

The power of the story is beautifully embodied within the strong performances of Zhou Xun, Zhao Wei, and Aloys Chen, each of which capture the conflicts and complexities of their character's desires. They are ably supported by Mini Yang as the impish bird demon and William Feng as the earnest but inept demon hunter she fancies. Kris Phillips shines fiercely in a role that a lesser actor would have made merely campy. Director Wuershan marshalled the efforts of an army of actors, technicians, and laborers to create a timeless triumph with "Painted Skin: The Resurrection". Is it too much to hope for a sequel to this sequel?
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September 24, 2012

This customer review refers to Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version)
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Ghostly fun Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This film has very little in common with the first movie other than starring some of the same cast. Despite the difference in tone between the two movies its enjoyable enough. A great looking (i watched the 2d version) blu ray and its also region free. The sound is a genuine 24 bit 96khz track which was confirmed by my amplifier.
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September 22, 2012

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One of the BEST 2012 Chinese movie by far!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
First good thing to start off, the good old main casts from the first Painted Skin has featured again in this Painted Skin 2, which is absolutely great!!!!

The return of Painted Skin 2 was a surprise for me and I really didn't think they'll do another one after the first movie ended off good too. Yeah, it may be sad that some of the old cast didn't appear in this one, but its really alright. I like the new casts too. They also used the same old song from the first one too, which is also fine too.

This movie goes really well with Aloys Chen, Vicki Zhao, & Zhou Xun again. It makes you get that same old good feeling from the first Painted Skin. Well Painted Skin 2 goes pretty much the same thing as Painted Skin 1, but there are many "twist" scenes of which you'll get from this film. It makes you get this "Wow! This is an awesome movie!" after you finished watching this movie. :)

I truly recommend this movie with my whole heart! You'll not regret buying this film nor watching it. If you haven't seen the first Painted Skin, don't worry because the "Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection" has its own complete new storyline aside from the first film. Painted Skin 2 appeared as it continued from Xiaowei (Zhou Xun) point of view rather than Vicki Zhao or Aloys Chen. This movie is awesomely well-made, good acting, and had good new storyline.
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