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4.0 out of 5 stars "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" is one of the most gorgeous fantasy films to be released on Blu-ray in 2012, November 30, 2012
This review is from: Painted Skin: The Resurrection [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
In 2008, "Painted Skin", a Chinese supernatural film directed by Gordon Chan would become one of the biggest films in Asia.

Featuring a talented cast which included Donnie Yen, Xhou Xun and Zhao Wei, "Painted Skin" which takes place in the late Qin Dynasty, would introduce us to a white fox spirit name Xiaowei (portrayed by Zhou Xun), a demon who sacrificed her power to save a human.

The white fox would be punished for trying to assist a human and is sentenced to be punished by a curse in which ice will follow her eternally and keep her imprisoned unless she feeds on human hearts. And the only way to escape the curse and become human is if a human man gives up his heart for her.

The sequel to "Painted Skin" is "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" which is directed by Wuershan ("The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman") and stars Xun Zhou ("Flying Swords of Dragon Gate", "Suzhou River", "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress"), Zhao Wei ("Warriors of Heaven and Earth", "Green Tea", "Shaolin Soccer"), Chen Kin ("Flying Swords of Dragon Gate", "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress") and Mini Yang ("The Bullet vanishes", "Mysterious Island").

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"Painted Skin: The Resurrection" is one of the most beautiful, recent Chinese fantasy films I have seen in awhile. As the original film was known for its cinematography, the cinematography for this film is absolutely stunning!

Presented in 1080p High Definition (16:9 widescreen), "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" may have its fair share of horror elements, but the fact is that everything in this film seems to be planned meticulously. From the fight choreography to the strands of hair and clothing that freely move in the water, everything was planned to full efficacy. May it be the colors, the use of colors to go from cool to warm and overall set design and costume design are fantastic!

As for the Blu-ray, the picture quality for this film is gorgeous! You can see the overall detail in the clothing, the armor, Princess Jing's mask to the details of Huo Xin's sword.

Even the CG elements look fantastic when Xiaowei is reverting to white or when she reveals her true identity to Princess Jin. The whole entire scene that focuses on Princess Jing and Xiaowei are just beautiful watch and may I say, artistic. The cinematography is fantastic and I detected no banding issues or artifacts. While colors compliment the overall look of the film, which is more towards the darker and cooler side of the color spectrum, black levels are nice and deep!

Overall, "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" looks absolutely fantastic on Blu-ray!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

"Painted Skin: The Resurrection" is presented in Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Mandarin Dolby Digital Stereo. As with the picture quality, the lossless soundtrack is immersive and wonderful. You can hear ambiance from footsteps on the ice, a room, the forest, you can hear ice cracking, weapons swinging or claiming a person's life, you can hear Que'er's wings flap in bird form, you can hear arrows flying before they hit their mark. The sound is heard all around you and that is one thing you hope to hear in an action-driven film. Overall, a fantastic lossless soundtrack that compliments its gorgeous picture quality.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES

"Painted Skin: The Resurrection" comes with:

"Making of Painted Skin: The Resurrection" - (23:47) Featuring interviews with the cast and crew.
Trailer - Theatrical trailer for "Painted Skin: The Resurrection".

EXTRAS:

"Painted Skin: The Resurrection" comes with a slipcover case.

JUDGMENT CALL:

I admit that I was a bit worried about watching "Painted Skin: The Resurrection". Mainly because I missed the first film and wasn't sure how important it was to watch it before watching this film.

Fortunately, the film sets up what happened to the fox demon right at the beginning of the film, so coming into "Painted Skin: The Resurrection", it's almost watching an entirely new film because all characters are fresh. Zhao Wei returns as another character and for Xiaowei, all you need to really know is that she is a demon that sacrificed her power for a human and because of that, she has been imprisoned by a curse that will follow her no matter where she goes.

The film plays out like a Chinese tragedy in which its three protagonist are flawed, want to experience love but know they can't.

For Xiaowei, she desires being a human, in order to experience true human emotions. Princess Jing loves Huo Xin but feels that he will never like her because of the scar on her face. Huo Xin loves Princess Jing but because he failed her and now she is permanently scarred, he has a hard time looking and being around her because of his guilt.

And how these three characters lives are intertwined is rather poetic and tragic. Each want happiness but know that to achieve happiness, there must be tragedy. And suffice to say, this fantasy tale is complex, it is long but it is also part of one of the most gorgeous Chinese fantasy films ever made. Costume design and production/set design are incredible, special effects were top notch and the performances by Zhao Wei and Zhou Xun are magnificent.

Watching this film, you can't help but appreciate its beauty but also be captivated by its emotional and tragic storyline. And once again, there is no need to watch the original film to appreciate "Painted Skin: The Resurrection". The storyline is self-contained and does well on its own independent of the original film.

For such a complex film that separates itself from other films through its use of special effects and CG, "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" is gorgeous on Blu-ray! And its lossless soundtrack is equally impressive and immersive, utilizing the surround channels, I found this film to be compelling and visually stunning. As for the special features, for a film that is visually stunning and a lossless soundtrack that is immersive, I wish there was more special features instead of the one making-off featurette and trailer.

Overall, "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" is one of the most gorgeous fantasy films to be released on Blu-ray in 2012. From its cinematography, costume design, set design, direction and performance, the film was absolutely magnificent. And if you are into Asian cinema and are looking for a film worth owning on Blu-ray, don't hesitate on this fantasy/action film!

"Painting Skin: The Resurrection" is highly recommended!
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2013 11:53:42 PM PST
Enjoyed Your Thourogh Review. I am a little Curious as Why you didn't give it 5 stars??
I own about 350 Asian films married to an Asian . Really Enjoyed This Movie....

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 9:08:37 AM PST
Lin Chen Chu says:
I have a 1992 movie titled "Painted skin" that stars lovely Wang Tsu-Hsien (aka Joey wang) and Sammo Hung. Evidently, only I know about it. You should check it out.
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