SPOOKY ENCOUNTERS: A Gwailo's Guide to Hong Kong Horror

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Tsui Hark's 1987 A Chinese Ghost Story gave many Western viewers their first taste of supernatural thrills, Oriental style. Yet the film was a comparatively late entry in a well-established genre. From Sammo Hung's Spooky Encounters to King Hu's valedictory Painted Skin, the 1980s Hong Kong ghost film cycle produced a stylish and distinctive body of work that compares with the best of Universal and Hammer.

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Very informative and well-researched... a breakthrough work on this underrated genre -- Bey Logan, author, HK cinema expert, film producer and writer

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Flying ghosts, hopping vampires, seductive spirits, tree demons, evil sorcerers, living skeletons, possessed limbs and giant predatory tongues! Tsui Hark's A Chinese Ghost Story in 1987 gave many Western viewers their first taste of supernatural thrills, Oriental style. Yet the film was a comparatively late entry in a well-established genre. From Sammo Hung's Spooky Encounters to King Hu's valedictory Painted Skin, the 1980s Hong Kong ghost film cycle produced a stylish and distinctive body of work that compares with the best of Universal and Hammer. Gwailo...is the Chinese term for a white foreigner is gwailo. Often translated as 'foreign devil', gwailo is more accurately rendered as 'white ghost' or 'ghost man'. Which is appropriate.

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