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

The path of life

Are dreams, like the length of the path

The storm on the way

Pass by as you go along

In the world

How many ways can one dream?

Looking for dream-like love

And the path goes on

Life is what

Dreams and desires are made of

Somewhere in the dream

There are traces of tears

Where to go to?

To find where my heart wants to go

The wind seems to sign in the dream,

And the path and I go on

It suddenly rains and suddenly shines

Please have a pity on us travellers!



Have mercy, sir! Take it back!

How dare you steal my money? Damn you!

Stop! Stop!

Is it a wanted convict?

Go away!...

Stop! Stop!

Is it him?

Doesn't look like him! Go.

Thank you!

Don't go!

If you are not wanted, stay away!

Stay away, go!


Not him!

Tell him to leave!



Who's screaming?

Over there!



There's a wanted convict!

Who told you to stop?

Pilgrimage? How hilarious!

You have all my money!

Don't advantage from me!

Don't say that, I don't need it!

You may need it sooner or later!

Thank you!

Want a room, Sir?

Get the luggage for him.

There's a nice room.

Sorry, but I'm a collector

from Tsi Pao Chu.


Without rules!

Why is it a different man each time?

The ex-collector was killed

on his way home.

Why don't you just do me a favor.

Since you might get killed

with the money?

Stop collecting.

You must be joking.

Can't see the counterfoll?

It's the new rules.

New rule? Show me!

Sorry, no!

What kind of a record is that?

It's in such a mess.

I can't return without the collection.

Sorry to bother you.

I owe you nothing.

You book shows it.

Don't deny it or I'll take

you to court.

Inn keeper, where can I

spend a night without paying

Go to the Lan Ro Temple!

Old lady, I didn't lie to you.

Where's Lan Ro Temple, please?

Lan Ro Temple?! 3 1/2 miles

to the East.

Where there is a spocky temple!

Thank you!

Sorry! Excuse me!

Old lady, are you going

to buy it or not?

Well done!

Master, you've good taste,

make an offer!

I don't even have money

for travel expenses.

Good taste, but no means,

what's the use?

What are you doing?

I'm taking your measurement

for your coffin!

Thank you!

Remember, there are wolves

in the woods.

You may come upon them

when it's dark.


The fire cannot go out.

If it does, I can't get out

of the forest.

Lan Ro Temple.

Anybody in?

Have you finished?

Hsia-hou, we're fought for

But you're quite persevering

You follow me wherever I go.

You've been in the Temple

for a fornight

and you've improved your


But you've wasted your youth too.

You're ambitious, but not aggressive.

For the sake of the title,

you've become biased

You're petulant but not

concentrated enough.

Your blows are violent but


You've got to cool down if not

you can win lust.

I'm here to duel with you,

not to listen to your sermon

Yes, he's right!

He's not your match. You

shouldn't have

said that to disgrace him.

He's right too.

You shouldn't have followed


Lay down your swords &

touch him with love.

The universe is limitless

& love is eternal.

Love conquers the world.

Love is the most powerful weapon!

Because you said too much!

I'm not trying to follow you

Your clothing is torn.

Hell with your love!

The kind of love you need,

you should find in a


I'm trying to find a place.

It's not convenient!

Why not?

Are you bold or not?


Look over there!

I just shout, you then hide up.

If there's a real tiger

Where should you hide?

What? It really has a tiger?


But we've something even

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