May 23

Pale Sun (1998) aka Xin Sheng Dai (情色)

Pale.Sun.1998The plot is a tear-jerking cliches of forbidden love. Zheng Jia Yu plays the character of a nurse who arrives at her fiancees house in preparation for their wedding. She tries to settle into their lives as a family member only to discover that her fiancée is too busy with earning money and has little time for romance. In a strange town and new workplace, she finds herself very much in a similar situation as her fiancees younger brother (played by Su Yu Peng), an artist who withdraws into his own world. Slowly, the two find themselves entangled in a desperate love. Just to throw in something to tear the audiences heart out, the scriptwriter decides to give the younger brother a terminal illness too. So there you have it, a forbidden and very much doomed love in the span of 90 minutes.
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Apr 07

The Spiritual Love (1992) aka Gui hua hu

SpiritualLove1992Hawk Shi Yu is an apprentice Taoist priest who marries Emily Chu (it is difficult to believe that this is the same actress from Rouge). He saves the life of Chien Chien, the youngest of the three spirit sisters and she falls in love with him. Middle sister Lily becomes jealous and tries to trick Elder sister into breaking them apart so that she can have him, while Elder sister wants to kill him for his blood. A further complication to the plot are three children, who are hopping vampires, who come to the rescue of Hawk Shi Yu and Emily with the aid of Guk Fung, their big brother vampire. Finally Shi Yu’s mentor, the Taoist priest, aids in vanquishing the spirits.
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Apr 06

A Man Of Nasty Spirit (1993) aka Cui hua shen long jiao

A Man Of Nasty Spirit (1993)_PSet during the Ming Dynasty, this erotic drama tells the tale of a gender-shifting religious leader who deflowers virgins in order to absorb their life force. Long ensconced in the family of Dr. Yue, he now sets his sights on Yue’s daughter, Bao. But Bao’s strange invisible tattoos and her connection to starving scholar Chao Chuen change the dynamics, and it seems that her body art may provide clues to a cure for Chuen’s ill mother.
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Feb 14

Angel Hearts (1995) aka Chi Luo Tian Shi

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A young Chinese woman is struggling with her inner torment. An adult dramatization portraying one man’s sexual fantasies, idiosyncrasies and undivided love for the woman of his dreams. [from the Tai Seng Catalog] Mao Wei was back from Yenwon Reformatory Division, where he was inhumanely treated for two years and wrongly blamed for his uncle’s smuggling of amphetamines. The first thing he did was to see Annie, a girl he loved before. They soon got married. A half year after the marriage, Annie still remained a virgin as the brutal scenes in the jail came to Mao Wei’s mind whenever he made love to her. Mao Wei decided to leave home so that Annie could find another man. Later, Annie was 6-months pregnant and she came and begged Mao Wei to be the baby’s father.
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Feb 04

Part-Time Lady (1994) aka Gim neui long

5647061120130817122131096Former policeman Pok Tin Leung, now a taxi driver, rescues two nightclub hostesses (Lily and Annie) from difficult customers. The next morning, the hostesses’ boss, Fanny Lin, is found dead. Annie’s boyfriend Shaun, a barman, runs away when police ask questions. Lee, a gangster Pok once arrested, was the boyfriend of the deceased. But he is seen the next day with another woman on his arm. Darwin, the investigating cop, asks Pok for help. Pok is his former boss. Darwin is secretly a friend of Lily. And the way Lily came to work for Fanny is an interesting story in itself.
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