Sinnui yauman (1987)

Hong Kong,
92m (USA), 98m
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1

A Hong Kong horror film directed by Ching Siu-Tung.

Plot Summary

Tax collector Ning Tsai-Shen arrives in a small town and finds that no-one wants to give him a room for the night. He's forced to seek shelter in the haunted Lan Ro temple where he meets the Taoist swordsman Yen Che-Hsia and the beautiful Nieh Hsiao-Tsing. But Hsiao-Tsing is a ghost, trapped by an evil tree, and Ning Tsai-Shen, who has fallen in love with her, must battle supernatural forces to free her soul.

Credits

Crew
Director: Ching Siu-Tung
Cinema City Film Productions, Film Workshop Ltd
Executive Producer: Zhong Zheng
Producer: Hark Tsui
Script: Yuen Gai Chi
Novel: Songling Pu
Directors of Photography: Yongheng Huang, Tom Lau Moon-Tong, Sander Lee, Jiaogao Li, Putang Liu, Hang-Sang Poon, Wing-Hung Wong
Editor: David Wu
Music: Romeo DÍaz, James Wong
Sound: Dawei Hu, Cheng Xiaolong, Qun Xue
Costume Designer: Gufang Chen, Huiying He
Make-up: Renming Wen
Special Effects: New Vision
Effects Photography: Dai Zhang
Production Designer: Zhongwen Xi
Action Directors: Ching Siu-Tung, Alan Chui Chung San, Jin Guo, Zhilong Hu, Zhihao Liu, Phillip Kwok Soo, Lau Chi Ho, Wu Chi-Lung, Zhongxin Xu

Cast
Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing (Ling Choi San)
Joey Wong Cho-Yin (Lip Siu Sin)
Ma Wu (Yin Chek Hsia)
David Wu Dai-Wai
Jin Jiang
Wai Lam (Hsia-hou)
Siu-Ming Lau (Tree Devil)
Jing Wang
Zhilun Xue (Ching)
Chiang Kam

Alternative Titles

Aavesoturi – Finland
A Chinese Ghost Story – English language title
Histoire de fantômes chinois – France
Una historia china de fantasmas – Spain
Histoires de fantômes chinois – France
Historias chinas de fantasmas – Argentina (video)
I Demonernas våld – Sweden
Qian nu youhun
Storia di fantasmi cinesi
– Italy
Verführung aus dem Reich der Toten
– Germany

Sequels
Sinnui yauman II (1990)
Sinnui yauman III: Do Do Do (1991)

Remake
Xiao Qian (1997)

See also
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Duli shidai (1994)
The Evil Dead (1982)
Gam yin ji (1988)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique vol.19 no.4 (May 1989) pp.50-51 – illustrated credits, review (by Dan Persons)
  • City Limits no.329 (21 January 1988) p.25 – review (by Kim Newman)
  • Empire no.175 (January 2004) p.195 – illustrated DVD review
  • Film Review January 1997 p.18 – review (by Ian Calcutt)
  • Films in Review vol.40 no.1 (January 1989) pp.27-28 – review (New Directors, New Films Part II by Richard Greenbaum)
  • Hollywood Reporter, The vol.313 no.22 (18 July 1990) pp.5, 12 – credits, review (by Henry Sheehan)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.55 no.650 (March 1988) pp.88-89 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Positif no.335 (January 1989) pp.60-61 – illustrated credits, review
  • Screen International no.636 (23 January 1988) p.21 – review
  • Starburst no.223 (March 1997) p.59 – review (by David Bassom)
  • Time Out no.909 (20 January 1988) p.33 – review (by Tony Rayns)
  • Variety 2 September 1987 p.16 – credits, review (by Mel)

Newspapers

  • Svenska Dagbladet 17 July 1992 – review (Specialeffekterna bäst by Hans Schiller)