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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|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1024879389|
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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.
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.
by John White - DVD Times
Customer Review of "The Ghost Story (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"
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October 26, 2009
This customer review refers to The Ghost Story (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Demons and the men they seduce
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.