Saturday Night Drive In: A Chinese Ghost Story (1987 Cinema City Film)

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How do we celebrate Christmas weekend?  Awesome horror movies of course!  One great legendary horror movie come to us from Hong Kong.  It’s a spooky romantic comedy titled, A Chinese Ghost Story.   This film has the absolutely perfect dark gothic setting that keep you entranced and pulled into this dream like movie.  From stunning acrobatics, awesome fighting coriography, and bad ass Taoist magic (a fancy way of saying cool special effects).  This movie will definitely get you to say…WTF??

A film based on an old Qing dynasty book “Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio” or 聊齋誌異. It stars a wussy little debt collector who has to travel the country side collecting taxes  and income for the government and other banking institutions.

Ning Choi-san, the collector, arrives at a deserted temple (he’s broke, cause he’s a panzy) where that night he falls inlove with a mysterious and beautiful woman, Nip Siu-Sin.  However the next day a Taoist warrior tells him that the only people in that temple were ghosts!

Nip reveals to her story as to how she became a spirit and why she is dominated by demon that lives in a tree.  As long as Nip’s remains are resting in the roots of the tree, her spirit will be forever enslaved by the demon tree.

Enter the movie bad ass:  Yin Chik-Ha.  Yin Chik-Ha proves that fat and hairy Chinese guys can be some of the baddest mother fuckers on the planet.  Being a Taoist priest he is also a master of sword and seeks to hunt evil spirits with the help of awesome Taoist scroll magic and sweet special effects.

This movie would go on to incite a new genre of Hong King films.  After A Chinese Ghost Story more spooky films with the same setting and drama splashed in with epic story telling would crop up and become box office smashes in Japan and Hong Kong.

So if the Krampus didn’t get you, don’t worry.  We have a story ready to pull you right into the gaping maw of the underworld and it’s nightmares.  A Chinese Ghost Story awaits!

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