Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)
While billed as the sequel to Gordon Chan's Painted Skin (2008), Wuershan's Painted Skin: The Resurrection can be seen as a standalone film sharing similar themes, but ultimately a different and perhaps more intriguing take of the classic story from Liao Zhai. The Golden Horse Award-winning new director, who displayed his visual flair in his debut feature The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman, works magic with the big-budget costume fantasy epic, blending action, horror, spectacular effects, and a gripping tale of love and sacrifice involving humans and demons. Painted Skin's star trio Zhou Xun, Vicki Zhao, and Aloys Chen return to topline the sequel, with Zhou again playing the foxy seductress, wreaking havoc between a pair of lovers played by Zhao and Chen. Mini Yang and William Feng, the popular duo from the hit drama Palace, add to the film's star appeal in key supporting roles, while singer/actor Kris Phillips and actress Chen Tingjia vie for the spotlight as the villainous wizard and the barbarian queen, respectively. Produced by renowned filmmaker Chen Kuo Fu (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame), the 3D mega-blockbuster raked in over RMB700 million at the Mainland box office, beating Let the Bullets Fly to become the new highest-grossing local film in China. Fox demon Xiaowei (Zhou Xun) has been trapped in ice for centuries, until bird spirit Que'er (Mini Yang) inadvertently releases her from the imprisonment. Xiaowei wants nothing more than to become human, but she needs to find someone who is willing to give up their heart. She crosses paths with scarred Princess Jing (Vicki Zhao) when the latter is running away from her arranged marriage with the Wolf Kingdom's prince. Jing is on her way to find her beau, Huo Xin (Aloys Chen), a General on self-imposed exile as he blames himself for his failure to protect the Princess. Jing is eventually reunited with Huo Xin on the western frontier, only to find that he is bewitched by Xiaowei's beauty. Desperate to win back her true love at any cost, Jing agrees to exchange her heart with Xiaowei's face, not knowing that to maintain this entrancing appearance, she will have to devour a living man's heart every day...