Painted Skin
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Painted Skin

General info
Original title: Wa Pei (画皮)
Year: 2008
IMDB Rating: 6.3 1518 votes
Plot: In China 2,000 years ago, General Wang captures Xiaowei (Xun Zhou), a woman of unsurpassed beauty. Soon after Wang brings her to his castle, she starts to attract people with her beauty, which makes Wang's wife (Vicki Zhao) suspicious. At the same time, dead bodies are discovered around the castle with their hearts missing.
  • Based upon the classic Chinese literature Liao Zhai, Painted Skin is an adaptation of Pu Songling’s classic of Chinese literature “Strange Tales of Liaozhai”, storie that dwell on fox spirits.
  • Production took 10 weeks, filmed on location in the northern desert region of Ningxia, China and the world's largest studio, Hengdian Studio in the eastern province of Zhejiang, China.
  • Film's budget totaled $15 million USD.
  • Painted Skin is Hong Kong's official Oscar entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2008 Oscar.
Movie info
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 103

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Tags: Painted Skin, Wa Pei, 2008, Chinese movies, Hong Kong movies, Singapore movies, Action movies, Drama movies, Thriller movies, asian movies

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Painted Skin source:
«Painted Skin feels fake, from the technique, to the acting, to the production design and cinematography. The resulting film feels over over-the-top and messy rather than consistent. If one walks in expecting a reverent, elegant update of the Hong Kong horror-fantasy genre, they'd be disappointed.», by John Li source:
«This is what true drama is all about – characters which you empathize with, whether human or spirit.»
A Nutshell Review, by Stefan S source:
«Painted Skin held a lot of promise, but didn't deliver that level of oomph in its final product, lapsing into mediocrity throughout.» source:
«If you can forgive the hollowness of Painted Skin, then it actually develops into what might be construed as a great movie in points. At times, the characters are quite engaging, the acting is solid, and the action is exciting, if a bit cheesy.»
Variety, by DEREK ELLEY source:
«One of China's most versatile actresses, Zhou is good at switching between Xiao Wei's evil and goody-goody sides, but the jerky script, which shows signs of cutting, doesn't develop any dramatic steam between the characters, apart from a minimal face-off between Xiao Wei and Peirong near the end.», by James Mudge source:
«Despite the potentially grim subject matter, “Painted Skin” is generally light hearted, and doesn’t take itself too seriously – which is probably for the best. The mood does tend to shift, dancing around between comedy, drama, horror and melodramatic romance.»

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Chan, GordonCHAN Gordon
PU Songling
CHIN Andy Wing-Keung
Yen, DonnieYEN Donnie
producer/as Yong
Golden Sun Films
Mediacorp Raintree Pictures
Shanghai Film Group


Zhou, XunZHOU Xun
as Xiaowei
Zhao, WeiZHAO Wei
as Peirong
Chen, KunCHEN Kun
as Wang Sheng
Sun, BettySUN Betty
as Xia-Bing
as Xia Hou Xiang
Qi, YuwuQI Yuwu

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