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According to ancient lore, if a human freely offers their heart to a demon, that monster can become mortal, experiencing the true pains and passions of existence. This is the ultimate triumph of the underworld.
Xiaowei (Xun Zhou, THE GREAT MAGICIAN, FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE), a millennia-old fox spirit, is freed from her frozen prison and transforms into a dangerous seductress, consuming living hearts to keep her beautiful as she searches for her chance to become human.
Meanwhile, Princess Jing (Wei Zhao, 14 BLADES, RED CLIFF, SHAOLIN SOCCER),hiding her marred beauty behind a golden mask, flees an unknown threat to her kingdom by pursuing the only man she ever loved: the guard who was unable to protect her, so many years ago.
A twist of fate brings Princess Jing and Xiaowei together, and a slow game of wits, deceit, and seduction begins for the princess’ very own heart.
This is not a sequel, nor is it a prequel to the 2008 film, sure both share the same title and most of the cast is the same but they are playing different characters. I am not going to go into plot details here because what is written above is pretty much all you need to know so not to ruin the surprises that await those wanting to see the film
The film isn't going to be for everyone, some who are looking for a straight forward martial arts flick might be disappointed but the film's love story which is central to the entire story. Also the effects may not be up to par with what many expect but it's those exact effects and the film's romance that make make the film so enjoyable. The secret here is to let yourself get lost in the fantasy tale and don't pretend to understand everything about it since the tale has been a part of Asian history for thousands of years. I can't stress enough that the film is pure fantasy and in older to enjoy it you are going to need to get lost in it.
The cast is another reason the film was so good, the entire cast did a fantastic job but for me the film belonged to Zhou Xun, She is simply perfect in every way as The Fox. Production wise the film is flawless and the fight scenes are incredible as well. "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" is the kind of film that asks it's audience to escape into it's fantasy world and become forget about everything else for awhile. That is the key to really enjoying the film, if you can do that then you are going to find the gem I found.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray, both come with Special Features that include:
Making of Painted Skin: The Resurrection Featurette
Original Language: Mandarin
From it's heart-breaking love story to it's eye-popping visuals, the film is a must-see to believe experience so pick it up today.
Released by Well Go USA
**** Out Of *****