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A Darker Painted Skin Resurrection,
This review is from: Painted Skin: The Resurrection [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This is a sequel to the original Painted Skin a few years back. I watched that one as well and was curious to see what this one was like. The CGI is definitely improving in the newer movies so I was impressed by how pretty this movie was.
The three main characters from the original cast came back from this one as well as adding some new ones. the only reference to the old film is the fox spirit character played by Zhou Xun. Her character was the same and she mentions in the movie how it is tied to the first movie but other than that, you can watch this movie by itself and not be too lost. Chen Kun and Zhao Wei are the main characters again in this movie but not reprising their original roles from the first movie. I was a little confused on why they are in the movie as completely different people but I told myself that maybe since this was hundreds of years later that maybe they are both reincarnated into the current characters. Yes, long shot, but it got me over wondering why they were both different people. Or maybe because they are both excellent actors that they just had to have them in this sequel. I could speculate all day, but truth of the matter is that all three main characters are amazing actors that have been around awhile so it was nice to see familiar faces. Zhou Xun and Zhao Wei were wonderful in this film and do not disappoint while Chen Kun gave a very strong performance as the male lead.
The plot is a lot darker than the first movie. This movie really just focuses on the fox spirit's journey to survive in the world and her encounters and interactions with the human world. Please don't watch this movie if you can't give it your full attention- you'll miss a lot and it's extremely easy to get lost in the twists and turns of this plot. Movie flowed fairly quickly and didn't drag too long and while there are some slow parts, there are also some cute parts, mainly between the characters of the sub plot. I really enjoyed how beautifully this movie was filmed and while there are some very obvious cgi moments- it wasn't too bad keeping in mind that this is a fantasy movie. The movie had its dark areas and some will make you a little queasy- but the love story that is the main focus more than made up for it. If you enjoyed the first one- then watch this. If you didn't watch the first one but still want a good entertaining fantastical movie, then watch this.