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The Ghost Story (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Ngok Wah (Actor) | Hu Chin (Actor) | Shirley Yu (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor)
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Helmed by the late great Li Han Hsiang, the director of period classics The Love Eterne, Reign Behind the Curtain, and The Burning of the Imperial Palace, 1979's The Ghost Story is an interesting title in the director's filmography. The film is based on a classic folk tale from Pu Songling's Liaozhai Zhiyi, a Qing Dynasty collection of ghost stories that has been adapted countless times. Ngok Wah takes on two roles in this eerie period erotica, playing a cunning general and an amorous scholar who become entangled in a dangerous liaison of seduction and vengeance with a female ghost.
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Product Title: The Ghost Story (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 鬼叫春 (DVD) (台灣版) 鬼叫春 (DVD) (台湾版) 鬼叫春 (DVD) (台湾版) The Ghost Story (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Ngok Wah (Actor) | Hu Chin (Actor) | Shirley Yu (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor) | Lisa Chiao Chiao (Actor) | Lu Jian Ming (Actor) | Li Kun (Actor) | Ku Wen Tsung (Actor) | Yeung Chi Hing (Actor) 岳華 (Actor) | 胡錦 (Actor) | 余莎莉 (Actor) | 惠 英紅 (Actor) | 焦姣 (Actor) | 陸劍明 (Actor) | 李昆 (Actor) | 顧文宗 (Actor) | 楊志卿 (Actor) 岳华 (Actor) | 胡锦 (Actor) | 余莎莉 (Actor) | 惠 英红 (Actor) | 焦姣 (Actor) | 陆剑明 (Actor) | 李昆 (Actor) | 顾文宗 (Actor) | 杨志卿 (Actor) 岳華(ンゴッ・ワー) (Actor) | Hu Chin (Actor) | Shirley Yu (Actor) | 恵英紅(クララ・ワイ) (Actor) | Lisa Chiao Chiao (Actor) | Lu Jian Ming (Actor) | Li Kun (Actor) | Ku Wen Tsung (Actor) | Yeung Chi Hing (Actor) Ngok Wah (Actor) | Hu Chin (Actor) | Shirley Yu (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor) | Lisa Chiao Chiao (Actor) | Lu Jian Ming (Actor) | Li Kun (Actor) | Ku Wen Tsung (Actor) | Yeung Chi Hing (Actor)
Director: Li Han Hsiang 李翰祥 李翰祥 李翰祥(リー・ハンシャン) Li Han Hsiang
Release Date: 2011-09-08
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Hoker Records
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024879389

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導演:李翰祥

經過了整整一千年,花氏變的那頭牛,在千修百煉中竟然給她化成了人形,並且依然變得艷色迷人,而王將軍則變成了書生王生,且已有了妻子陳氏(焦姣)。由於花氏是尋仇而來,而王生又十分好色,結果他邂逅了花氏之後,就將她帶到家中後院書房內,與她繾綣終宵。 終終,王生金屋藏嬌的情事,被妻子陳氏所發覺,王生在無法抵賴的情形下,只好說是玩玩妓女而已。陳氏生性謙厚,對王生也不深責,只是叫他快將那女人送回去,但王生並沒有這樣做,依然在書房內大享風流艷福。
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Professional Review of "The Ghost Story (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

August 27, 2007

This professional review refers to The Ghost Story (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Guilty pleasure time! Ghost Story is a Shaw Brother's movie from Li Han Hsiang, director of finely made erotic period pictures like Dream of the Red Chamber and the far more coy The Enchanting Shadow. The film joins an older man, an ex-Taoist priest, in medieval times as he tells a ghost story of the Tang Dynasty and its latter day repeat through reincarnation some 1000 years later. After our narrator dismisses the children in his audience, he gets stuck into a lusty tale of three female demons. These comely demons use their tavern and charms to bewitch men into acts of congress, and at the point of ecstasy the men are turned into bulls; the women then sell the bulls on to make their living. When General Wang Chung brings his tired and horny troops to their inn, he soon notices that his troops are dwindling and the bovine population is rising. General Wang turns the tables on the three twisted sisters and soon they are livestock instead. 1000 years on, one of the demons has been reincarnated and takes advantage of Wang's licentious reincarnation as an unfaithful scholar. Can Scholar Wang avoid the bad karma and save his family?

Ghost Story is very much a precursor to later films like Sex and Zen or A Chinese Ghost Story, which Hsiang's earlier The Enchanting Shadow resembles closely. Told with a nice balance of titillation, horror and artfulness, the film works a little like a softcore portmanteau movie - imagine AMICUS with lots of vigorous fondling. The technical standards are high and the attempts at drama sincere - there is some beautiful cinematography and some eye catchingly nasty special effects and this makes the overall package both competent and fun. The sexy demons are gorgeous strumpets and the lustful men think with the wrong organ at all times - sexy women and dumb men is the usual basis for erotica and this is respected here.

The characters contained within are the usual mixture of the horny and the idiotic and the cast are sound in their performances. Still, this is light stuff with an eye for the salacious grapple and the odd bonkers shock. When the demons are set upon by lusty soldiers, the humping is copied in the mise en scene by the grinding of a mill with pounding rhythmic effects until the infantry suddenly find they have become livestock. The splicing of the moment of orgasm with the sudden appearance of Freddie the Friesian has a certain jocular charm which plays as knowing nonsense rather than cack handed transition. This spirit, this joy of sex makes Ghost Story a rather amiable companion to spend 100 minutes with.

Well crafted, entertaining and bawdy, this is a fine sex and horror combo. Ghost Story is certainly not dramatic gold but it is sexy, funny and eccentric.

DVD
IVL's package is presented exactly as the rest of their Shaw Brother re-issues with a single layer disc and a transfer that is at the correct aspect ratio but is not properly converted from PAL to NTSC. This means the image suffers from the usual conversion problems of motion shake, combing and a dullness to the overall look. The colours are reasonably true and bright, the image is sharp and the contrast is acceptable. The conversion effects are more easily seen in still shots but whilst the disc plays this is a fair transfer. The audio has mild background noise and pops but it is clear strong mono with middling English subtitles which will allow you to follow the action if not appreciate some of the subtlety of the drama (not that there's much subtlety here!).

The special features include subtitled trailers for other IVL releases such as Illicit Desire, Love Swindler, Legends of Lust, The Enchanting Shadow and this film. The extras also include the usual poster art, very short production notes and biographies of the main cast, which are helpfully available in English.

Overall
Ghost Story is entertaining schlock which titillates and enthrals at times. The overall film is a little silly but never pompous and IVL have presented the movie with basic extras and their usual transfer.

by John White - DVD Times

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Customer Review of "The Ghost Story (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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October 26, 2009

This customer review refers to The Ghost Story (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Demons and the men they seduce Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
If you have seen director Gordon Chan's excellent 2008 film "Painted Skin" and you are curious about how the great Li Han Hsiang might tackle that same story from Pu Songliang's classic "Tales from Liaozhai Studio", then look no further than "The Ghost Story". "The Ghost Story" combines director Li's wit and style with all of the sumptuous details we expect of a Shaw Brothers classic to produce a thoroughly enjoyable and ghoulish confection. The film actually depicts two of the classic Liaozhai tales. In the first (which runs for 25 minutes), a righteous general quarters his troops at a country inn, where the three lovely proprietresses have a cunning scheme to increase their herds of livestock. The righteous general suspects foul play when his soldiers begin to disappear and manages to turn the tables on the three vixens.

In the second story (which runs about 115 minutes), a randy scholar seeks to take advantage of a damsel in distress that turns up on his doorstep. But there is more to this damsel than meets the eye and soon the scholar's family is at risk in a battle against supernatural forces. Hu Chin gives fine performances, first as the eldest proprietress of the country inn, then as the damsel in distress with a dark secret. Ngok Wah is suitably righteous in the first story and dissolute in the second.

Yes, this film includes some nudity and the kind of simulated groping and grinding associated with blue films from the 1970s, but the emphasis here is on engaging storytelling and no one does that better than Li Han Hsiang. Highly recommended for a mature audience.
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