Actors: Zhao Wei, Donnie Yen, Zhou Xun, Sun Li, Chen Kun
Subtitles: English and Chinese (traditional/simplified)
Other Information: Single Disc
Region Code: All Region (Region Free)
The story is adapted from the ancient Chinese classic ‘Ghost Stories’ (or Liao Chai).
During the Chin and Han era, Commander Wang Sheng (by Chen Kun) leads his troops in a raid on bandits in the desert, in the process he rescues a beautiful woman and brings her back with them. However he has no idea that this woman, Xiao Wei (by Zhou Xun), is in fact a fox spirit in human form. Xiao Wei needs a regular supply of human hearts to maintain her human form, and the task falls on her helper Xiao Yi (by Qi Yu Wu) – a chameleon who’s also taken on human form and has the special ability to camouflage into the environment he is in. To prove his love and devotion to Xiao Wei, he carries out a spate of murders in order to provide her with human hearts; this terrorizes the whole city.
Meanwhile, Xiao Wei has fallen in love with Wang Sheng, after being impressed with his gallant attempt in rescuing her. She keeps trying to seduce Wang in an effort to steal him from his wife Pei Rong (by Vicki Zhao). Pei Rong finds out about Xiao Wei’s feeling for her husband; she also discovers that Xiao Wei is not human, so she secretly approaches martial expert Pang Yong (by Donnie Yen) and demon Catcher Xia Bing (by Sun Li) for help...
Subsequently a drama unfolds that delves into intricate emotions and relationships between man and demon, love and passion, loyalty and temptation, treachery and integrity, ending in a finale with surprising twist.
Having braved countless supernatural movies, this reviewer can proudly say that there hasn’t been one that has managed to creep him out completely. However, since young, he has been intrigued by the famous Chinese story series “The Strange Tales of Liao Zhai”, a collection of supernatural folk takes written during the early Qing Dynasty. The colorful cast of characters includes vixen spirits, ghosts, humans and exorcists. And as eerily haunting some of these tales are, they often have a social message about human character. Naturally, these stories spawned numerous movie and television drama adaptations, and the latest one is directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Gordon Chan (Okinawa Rendezvous, A1 Headline).
The story tells of a vixen spirit who gets saved by a general, and he brings her home, only to create trouble and unrest amongst the townsfolk. The married man has no idea that the spirit eats the hearts of her human beings to maintain her good looks and her beautifully painted skin. Little does he know that the spirit is also falling in love with him, and chaos will ensue as a result of this human spirit love hate relationship.