Painted Skin: The Resurrection (Hua pi)
Dir. Wuershan. 2012, 131 mins. Digital projection. With Xun Zhou, Vicky Zhao. This Halloween edition of Fist and Sword features a film based on a traditional Chinese ghost story. Xiaowei (Zhou Xun), a millennia-old fox spirit, transforms into a dangerous seductress, consuming living hearts to keep her beautiful as she tries to become human. Meanwhile, Princess Jing (Vicky Zhao), hiding her marred beauty behind a golden mask, flees an unknown threat to her kingdom by pursuing the only man she ever loved. A twist of fate brings Princess Jing and Xiaowei together, and a slow game of wits, deceit, and seduction begins for the princess’ very own heart.
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