A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990)

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A Chinese Ghost Story II: Directed by Siu-Tung Ching. With Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Michelle Reis, Jacky Cheung. A Chinese Ghost Story II Chinese 倩女幽魂 II人間道 is a 1990 Hong Kong romantic comedy-horror film directed by Ching Siu-tung and produced by Tsui Hark. It is the sequel to A Chinese Ghost Story and is followed by A Chinese Ghost Story III.

“SINNUI YAUMAN II isnu0026#39;t bad at all, but itu0026#39;s disappointing. It isnu0026#39;t as funny, exciting, touching or visually inventive as its predecessor. The device used to reintroduce Joey Wong into the story is just plain wrong; if they didnu0026#39;t want to bring back her original character ( I have to admit they probably couldnu0026#39;t) they should have come up with a new love interest played by a new actress. Limiting Wu Ma to such a brief appearance limits his chemistry with Leslie Cheung, which is one of the things that made the first film such fun, and thereu0026#39;s just about no one else here, except Cheung, who has as much charisma. It is a novel way to bring back the two actors, but itu0026#39;s a letdown.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAs for Cheung himself, he just isnu0026#39;t as disarming here as in the original; he doesnu0026#39;t fit his character as well. Thereu0026#39;s also what seems to be some kind of political allegory near the end that doesnu0026#39;t fit the rest of the story – maybe you have to be more familiar than I am with China to appreciate it? Oh, maybe Iu0026#39;m griping too much; it has its good moments (especially a scene concerning a slowly u0026#39;thawingu0026#39; monster)…just not nearly as many as 1987u0026#39;s SINNUI YAUMAN. It waters down the impact of that jewel a bit, and frankly, I wish theyu0026#39;d taken all the good stuff in this film and used it on some entirely different project.”


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