Quote of the week

This movie has everything. Fights, romance, humor ... and a sad, but lovely ending.
I know you are used to me posting funny quotes mostly, but there's no reason not to change that from time to time, is there?
For the funny quotes of this movie you need to see the scene itself because often the face, the voice or the scene itself add that certain touch.

The story in short:
A young scholar/tax collector falls in love with a ghost who is forced to lure men into the trap of her mistress, a tree demon, who took possession of her corpse when she died during travelling. To save her soul he has to take her ashes and bury them at her home.
Throw in an ex-general turned taoist hermit, more ghosts, wolves and some very strange townspeople, and you have an amazing story.

My quote is the poem that Ning Choi-San, the scholar, and Nip Siu-Sin, the ghost, write on the painting of Siu-Sin that her father had made, and that she gives to Ning Choi-San after they spent a night together.

As my DVD only has the German and Cantonese sound, I had to look around, and this is what I found on the blog of Jeffinous (who by the way not only explains this poem, but also adds the 1960 version and a version of his own worth reading, so have a look).

Ten miles, a calm lake and snow flurries fill the sky.
Every inch of her locks forlorn for his youth.
In loneliness, I look caringly at the moon,
Envy not those from the fairy realm but for these mandarin ducks.

A Chinese Ghost Story 1, Hongkong, 1987

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