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Painted Skin (2008)

Hua pi (original title)
An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.

Directors:

Gordon Chan, Andy Wing-Keung Chin (co-director) (as Chin Wing Keung) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Ho Leung Lau (screenplay) (as Lau Ho Leung), Abe Kwong (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donnie Yen ... Pang Yong
Xun Zhou ... Xiao Wei (as Zhou Xun)
Kun Chen ... Wang Sheng (as Chen Kun)
Wei Zhao ... Pei Rong (as Zhao Wei)
Li Sun ... Xia Bing (as Sun Li)
Yuwu Qi ... Xiao Yi (as Qi Yuwu)
Song Jin Song Jin ... Gao Xiang
David Leong David Leong ... Xia Hou Xiang (as David Liang)
Cong Xiao Cong Xiao ... Jing Ping
Yan Liu ... Patroness (as Liu Yan)
Yeerjiang Mahepushen Yeerjiang Mahepushen ... Bandit chief (as Ye Er Jiang)
Michael An-Ye Tan Michael An-Ye Tan ... Da Dao (as Michael Tan)
Yun-Peng Qi Yun-Peng Qi ... Mo Zhui (as Qi Yun Peng)
Yang Wen Yang Wen ... Tong Tou (as Wen Yang)
Chang-Zhou Zhao Chang-Zhou Zhao ... Jing An (as Zhao Chang Zhou)
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Storyline

Where there is trouble, there is a solution. This time, the trouble comes from two mythical spirits who take the forms of humans. Disguised in human skin and clothes, the pair continue to take the hearts of humans to stay alive and young. But one of them strays down the wrong path and falls in love with a married man. What will happen to the lives of this man and his wife after saving from the barbarians someone who didn't need any saving? Written by Kimberly

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The battle for an empire begins.


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Country:

China | Hong Kong | Singapore

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

25 September 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Démon vadász See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,579,689
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Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hong Kong's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Goofs

All mail armor in this film is made with the the mail going vertically rather than sideways. This would make the armor less effective, as it spreads the ring pattern open, making it easier to penetrate. All historical examples of mail armor have the ring pattern going from side to side for this reason. See more »

Connections

Remake of Painted Skin (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Painted Heart
Music by Ikuro Fujiwara (as Fujiwara Ikuro)
Lyrics by Siu-kei Chan
Performed by Jane Zhang (as Jane Zhang)
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Brilliant from Beginning to End
15 January 2015 | by totalovrdoseSee all my reviews

If your ideal fantasy genre contains unrelenting action and adventure, Painted Skin may not be the title for you. But, if you're looking for a beautiful dramatic romance, that is as poetic as it is entertaining, you will not be disappointed.

Written in an intelligently mature fashion, and performed with emotional poignancy, Painted Skin is quite unlike its American contrasts, with stories of battlers fought for love occasionally becoming lost in bloody violence and nudity. This Chinese feature delivers a tasteful approach, that sacrifices in your face thrills and excitement, for a gripping character driven tale of unrequited romance.

General Sheng returns home with his army after defeating barbarians infringing on his borders, bringing a beautiful young woman he rescued with him. His wife is immediately suspicious of the young woman, and becomes more so when her former paramour, Yong, a soldier turned nomad, returns to the city at the same time as gorgeous demon hunter, Xia, both firmly believing the woman is not who she claims.

There is, without a doubt, more to the mysterious woman, Xiao, than meets the eye, though any accusations are rendered preposterous in the eyes of those who appreciate her. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, Yong and Xia begin investigating, only to find themselves in the middle of a battle, plagued by conspiracy, jealously, betrayal and lust.

Although there are a number of astounding action sequences, Painted Skin is more of a cat and mouse thriller, with many of the fights taking place in conversations, where one character is always trying to outwit the other. At its heart, the film reveals that no sacrifice is too great when you love someone, both the script and the actors capturing the emotion perfectly, from the beauty of romance, to the grueling pain of loss.

Unlike in other films, where demons are purely villainous antagonists, Painted Skin makes demons and humans alike sympathetic characters, with breakable hearts, and many a vulnerability, the seductive storyline between man and demon being similar to the fourth Hellraiser. With this in mind, though a sex scene is apparent, nothing is ever seen, the tasteful directional style presenting the audience with all of the passion, but not at the expense of the actor's privacy.

With outstanding special effects that draw you further into the plot, alongside a soundtrack that mirrors the turmoil and romance exhibited in the film, Painted Skin is a perfect fantasy that you do not want to miss.


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