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Misfit Horror Film Series: A Chinese Ghost Story
February 23, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Stevenson, Room 150
A film series dedicated to one-of-a-kind horror movies whose originality and power have been unjustly neglected because they aren’t at all what you expected.
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987, dir. Siu-Tung Ching) is a remarkable high point of 80s Hong Kong cinema.
Both an adaptation of a story by Pu Songling written during the Qing Dynasty and a remake of a Shaw Brothers film entitled The Enchanted Shadow (1960), A Chinese Ghost Story is feverish mix of romance, comedy, and Evil Dead-style supernatural horror. After he fails to collect a debt owed to him, a young scholarly tax collector (Leslie Cheung) is forced to spend the night in an abandoned temple where he meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman (Joey Wong), whom he subsequently realizes is a ghost enslaved to a Tree Demon (Siu-Ming Lau). With a Taoist swordsman (Ma Wu) at his side, he sets out to free his beloved spirit from eternal servitude, even if he has to follow the Tree Demon into the underworld to do so. The inspiration for two sequels, an animated film version, a television series, and a remake in 2011, A Chinese Ghost Story is a high point of Hong Kong cinema during what was arguably its most fertile creative period. Not to be missed!
Sunday nights at 7PM in 150 Stevenson. Sponsored (or at least turned a blind eye) by the Literature Department, and produced by the usual gang of aficionados. More informative flyers to follow weekly.