Chinese Ghost Story

Synopsis: Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly, no-one is willing to give him shelter for the night, so he ends up spending the night in the haunted Lan Ro temple. There, he meets Taoist Swordsman Yen Che-Hsia, who warns him to stay out of trouble, and the beautiful Nieh Hsiao-Tsing, with whom he falls in love. Unfortunately, Hsiao-Tsing is a ghost, bound for all eternity by a hideous tree spirit with an incredibly long tongue that wraps itself round its victims and sucks out their life essence (or 'yang element')...
Director(s): Siu-Tung Ching
Production: Cinema City & Film Company
  11 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

more frightening than a tiger.

Do you always keep so close

while talking?

I've had breath, & this will

keep you away.

Get out of here!

Your love can't save you.


Me too!

Hsia-hou, you're ambitious but,

after death, you're still a nobody.

I won't expose your body

in the wilderness.

You never change, you fight

even when dead.


It's lucky that water isn't deep.

Otherwise I'll get wet.

That monster's out again!

Shit! Is he still there?

I meant no harm.

I'll throw it away if you're afraid!

What's it?

Where's my veil?

Veil? I'll find one for you!

It's deep!

Come up quick!

Come up!

Thank you!

It's too dark, I can't see.

I'll find it up early tomorrow.

This water is both deep and cold!

Your hands are colder than mine.

Because you're warmer.

You're sick, you look so pale.

Go to see doctor.

I need your warmth.

I'm not willing to push you.

If not, I'll spit on you.

It hurts.

I shouldn't have pushed you.

It's cold.

I'm wet, you'll feel colder

lying on me.

Do you feel pain or cold?

Hold me and take me inside.

Holding you?

I can't, you're too heavy!

I need some help...

You look nice, but you're

in the wrong place.

Otherwise, you wouldn't have

died for nothing.

Why am I still in water?

Miss, you forgot your lute!

Why are you following me?

Why are you leaving?

A villain! I must run for my life!

Who? I can't see it!

Stepping you to death.

Let's go.


Where's the snake?

Don't shout!

The villain just passes by.

Which one?

The bearded one on the East

of Lan Ro Temple.

If he discovered us, we'd be killed!

The one living opposite me?

I could tell that he's no good

You're too dangerous! On

your own I'll take you back.

No, my family won't permit this.

They're very strict.

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