A 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.
 
IMDB:
7.6
Rotten Tomatoes:
67%
UNRATED
Year:
1987
98 min
55 Views

We have to choose for

everything in the world.

Like love, if it's meant

to be fading away.

The only thing you can do

is to forget about her.

Or to make her forget about you.

I am a demon hunter.

One day, my master told me

to catch a demon in the mountain.

Then I know...

my master wanted to train my heart,

instead of my skill.

'Cos the most horrible thing

for a demon is not killing,

but one would be,

losing himself.

My name is Siu Sin, and you?

Yin Chek Ha.

It's yummy, what's this?

Candy.

I wanna have it for the rest of my life.

I just can't afford that.

I would love the one who gives me this.

Human and demon can't be together?

Then you'd better kill me,

come on!

From now on,

you won't get pain.

Because you won't remember me.

Yin Chek Ha, use your last mighty

weapon to stab her to death!

Chop off my hand to suppress

her as mighty weapon.

Hurry!

The day I break through the charm

would be the end of the demon hunters!

It's all right for losing one hand.

I lost 3 buddies...

Yin Chek Ha...

don't call yourself a demon hunter.

I finally understand human

and demon can't be together.

I decided to use the only weapon

to seal up her memory about me.

Then she would forget the love between us

and she would forget about me forever.

However,

as that young man went up to Black Mountain,

everything about Siu Sin

and I would restart again.

What the hell are you doing? Stealing water?

No...

No?

Take him back!

And his stuff too!

Chyun Cheung,

these tools are so weird,

dunno what they are for.

With so many weird tools,

he's coming for our water.

Chop off his hands.

What do think you are doing?

You guys are absolutely lawless!

I am an officer...

Chyun Cheung...

Chyun Cheung... he...

Ti Nga, why are you here?

No... he...

What's your name?

My name is Ning Choi San

Ning Choi San?

Our Black Mountain Village is famous,

for making pottery.

But we don't have water now,

and you could only

see those left over.

Those kilns have fallen

into disuse for long.

We couldn't raise our livestock here.

Now, the most important thing

is to find the water source.

Yes, we did send many letters

to the county officer

and begging them for our rescue.

As you are here now,

you are our savior.

Don't say that... Don't say that...

I'm just a craftsman.

Just call me Ning Choi San.

You are from the government office,

you must be the officer.

Yeas, Mr. Ning.

It's been hung all over,

what for?

It's charm, to drive away demons.

We use it in begging for rain.

Begging for rain.

Come on, everybody...

look...

- Mr. Ning is our savior.

- Don't say that

Everybody, I, Ning Choi San, promised that

I will find the water source

in the mountain later.

Otherwise, I will never come back.

Great!

Quiet!

Sir, everyone in this village

would like to thank you.

But I do need your help.

Go ahead!

In finding water source, I couldn't do it alone.

I need some strong guys...

to come with me to the mountain.

Mountain?

What's the problem?

As long as you go, that would be all right.

No need, just go back.

Mr. Ning, wait...

My name is Ti Nga.

I go with you.

That's good.

Why are they being shackled?

They are all criminals.

Chyun Cheung gave them chance

to make up for their sins.

Mr. Ning,

when I was small...

I used to go up to the mountain

with my father and brother.

I take this path very often.

But if we don't make any marks...

we would get lost easily.

You... wait.

Yes.

If you don't lead the way,

I will get lost for sure.

Don't panic, as I am here...

we won't get lost.

- Let's go...

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