The newest big-name movie, featuring a cast of mainland A-listers including hottie Chen Kun, Zhao Wei, Zhou Xun, and Sun Li as well as Hong Kong favorite, Donnie Yen. The movie is one of many adaptations of “The Strange Tales of Liao Zhai” which features many supernatural stories, but is probably the highest budgeted one to-date. This, along with last week’s thriller, The Deserted Inn, marks two supernatural thrillers in a row for China, which may be unprecedented.
This film is also the first time former classmates, Chen Kun and Zhao Wei have acted together as an on-screen couple, hyped by some of the first movie stills released from the film. Vicky Zhao Wei has already been heavily praised for her acting in this film, giving an emotionally charged performance that just may be one of her best and a large step away from the tomboyish ‘Swallow” character that brought her international fame in Huang Zhu Ge Ge.