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[ rated g ] A Chinese Ghost Story - The Tsui Hark Animation

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: G
Suitable for Family Viewing

Review by Michael Franz

This title is unusual in that is not Japanese animation, but is instead made in Hong Kong. However, it's quite similar to a Japanese anime. It's about a Chinese debt collector named Ning and his dog Solid Gold. During his travels, Ning finds a city full of ghosts and falls in love with one of them. Unfortunately, his ghost girlfriend's job is stealing souls from unsuspecting mortals! There are also a trio of ghostbusting monks who fight with each other more than they fight with the ghosts. This movie has a lot of action and comedy, as well as a lot of general weirdness. It also features several Buddhist religious concepts such as reincarnation. I don't know if this is available on VHS, but it is available on DVD from Tai Seng video with Cantonese and Mandarin dialogue and English subtitles.

Parent's Guide Rating:

green (suitable for family viewing)

There isn't any sex in this movie, and there are only a few swear words. The ghosts may be scary for younger kids, but if your kids aren't scared by Halloween monsters, they won't be scared by these. There is some violence as the ghosts and ghostbusters fight, but it's not severe.

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