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Ghost Lantern
Year: 1993 "Boy, I love shaving!"
Chingmy Yau and Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Director: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung
Producer: Wong Jing
Action: Dion Lam Dik-On
Cast: Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching, Roy Cheung Yiu-Yeung, Tommy Wong Kwong-Leung, Yuen King-Tan, Ha Ping, Lee Siu-Kei
The Skinny: Another take on the Chinese Ghost Story flick, only modernized with triads. An entertaining little throwaway movie.
by Kozo:
     Another in the ghost/human romance genre, this modern take on A Chinese Ghost Story finds lowlife Tony Leung Ka-Fai being pursued by ghost Chingmy Yau. It turns out they were lovers in a previous life, but her soul is tormented. She died horribly and her skin was used to make a lantern. While that disgusting image settles in, here's the rest of the plot: Leung finds it his job to get the lantern back and reunite it with her bones - thus freeing her for reincarnation. Unfortunately, itís under the watchful eye of the man-who-plays-triads, Roy Cheung. To help, Leung enlists cop Tommy Wong, in one of his larger roles to date. For Hong Kong Cinema fare, this typical flick does its job well, mixing the usual genres into one large, mixed-up bundle. The result is satisfying enough, except the ending isnít too cheery. Chingmy Yau and Tony Leung turn in solid performances. (Kozo 1995)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
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