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Ghost Lantern  (1993)

人皮燈籠

Director: Lau Wai Keung

Starring: Tony Leung, Chingmy Yau

This film begins with a prologue that takes place in 1963. In it a vicious triad head (Roy Cheung) - who has some supernatural abilities - is burying someone in a location that will bring the dead man 10 lives of bad luck. Roy then goes to the dead man's girlfriend (also dead)– Chingmy–and slices off her skin–makes a lantern with it–and imprisons her soul within.

Jump ahead to 1993 and Tony Leung is a low-end triad member–he sells meat skewers on the street and is beaten up by punk kids and hassled by a cop–Tommy Wong. As he explains to a friend, his entire life has been a series of bad luck and misfortune–nothing ever goes right for him. Leung gives a wonderful and at times very comical portrayal of this down on his luck triad slacker–with little ambition and little courage–but basically a good heart.

The triad he belongs to goes up against another one that is run by the mysterious Mr Hung–just recently returned from Taiwan. When Hung sees Tony he immediately tells him with a laugh– "you have nine more lives of bad luck ahead of you" and Tony gets horrific flashes of his being murdered in a previous life. He ends up in the hospital where a man tells him to seek the help of Granny Four to understand what is happening to him. He finds out later that this man was already dead.

Granny Four is a spiritualist and is able to show him his past life and the story of his love for Chingmy and their tragic ending. Chingmy also comes to him (in spirit form) and tells him that she has been waiting for him for thirty years and that he must free her soul from the lantern.

Leung also realizes that in his past life he was this incredibly suave, debonair and courageous fellow (similar to Leung's character in The Lover) and he slowly starts taking on the character of his former life. It is just a winning performance from Leung as he makes both his lives very real and sympathetic. Along with Tommy Wong (who owed him a favor in his previous life!) Leung fights to save Chingmy's soul and for the salvation of his future lives.

DVD: List Price: US $19.95

Sale Price: US$9.95

Language: Cantonese / Mandarin

Subtitle: English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese

All Regions (Can be played on any DVD player in the world)

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Rating: II - "May be Inappropriate For Children" (Broad rating may be roughly equal to an MPPA rating of "PG-13" to "R". In the late 1980s this rating splintered in two ratings: IIA and IIB) Films rated Category II may contain mild to strong violence, nudity that is usually not sexually oriented, explicit language and adult situations.


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