PAINTED SKIN is coming, and people are excited, mystified and perplexed. Or at least, I am. An aggressively stylized horror/action film, it feels like a return to A CHINESE GHOST STORY days, mixed with a bit of THE DEMON'S BABY and some 300. The stills that have been released look like this:
Which is pretty groovy. The cast includes Donnie Yen, Vicki Zhao Wei and Zhou Xun and it's directed by Gordon Chan who's one of those Hong Kong directors who turned out some decent action flicks in the early 90's, then some worse action/horror flicks (ARMAGEDDON) in the mid-90's and then vanished for a while, to all intents and purposes.
The trailer for PAINTED SKIN recently came out, and it looked surprisingly square and old school - but trailers are never the best indicators of what a movie's going to be like. Now, a new Hong Kong poster has been released for the movie, courtesy of Intercontinental Film Distribution (which releases Dreamworks/Paramount and Disney films in Hong Kong). Donnie Yen is conspicuous by his absence here, although given the fact that FLASHPOINT and AN EMPRESS AND THE WARRIORS didn't do so great in HK it's no surprise that Intercontinental probably figured that Zhou Xun and Vicki Zhao Wei were more marketable commodities.