6.3/10
4,257
16 user 21 critic

Painted Skin (2008)

Hua pi (original title)
An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.

Directors:

Gordon Chan, Andy Wing-Keung Chin (co-director) (as Chin Wing Keung) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Ho Leung Lau (screenplay) (as Lau Ho Leung), Abe Kwong (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
11 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An ancient fox spirit embarks on a diabolical quest to become human after escaping an icy prison, and becomes bound to a disfigured princess who seeks the love of a noble guard as her ... See full summary »

Director: Wuershan
Stars: Xun Zhou, Wei Zhao, Kun Chen
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Kelly Chen, Donnie Yen, Leon Lai
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks.

Director: Teddy Chan
Stars: Xueqi Wang, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Jun Hu
Seven Swords (2005)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of legendary Guan Yu crossing five passes & slaying six generals. He played a major role in the civil war that led to the collapse of Han Dynasty & the establishment of Shu Han of the 3 Kingdoms, making Liu Bei its first emperor.

Directors: Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Stars: Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Li Sun
14 Blades (2010)
Action | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Donnie Yen) in the emperor's court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues.

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Donnie Yen, Wei Zhao, Chun Wu
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three young martial arts masters emerge from the back streets of Hong Kong to help the powerless fight injustice.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Yuk Long Wong, Louis Koo, Isabella Leong
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set three years after Dragon Inn, innkeeper Jade has disappeared and a new inn has risen from the ashes - one that's staffed by marauders masquerading as law-abiding citizens, who hope to unearth the fabled lost city buried in the desert.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen
The Message (2009)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a ... See full summary »

Directors: Kuo-Fu Chen, Qunshu Gao
Stars: Xun Zhou, Bingbing Li, Hanyu Zhang
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Chao Deng, Carina Lau
Dragon (2011)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Stars: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Wei Tang
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau
Stars: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donnie Yen ... Pang Yong
Xun Zhou ... Xiao Wei (as Zhou Xun)
Kun Chen ... Wang Sheng (as Chen Kun)
Wei Zhao ... Pei Rong (as Zhao Wei)
Li Sun ... Xia Bing (as Sun Li)
Yuwu Qi ... Xiao Yi (as Qi Yuwu)
Song Jin Song Jin ... Gao Xiang
David Leong David Leong ... Xia Hou Xiang (as David Liang)
Cong Xiao Cong Xiao ... Jing Ping
Yan Liu ... Patroness (as Liu Yan)
Yeerjiang Mahepushen Yeerjiang Mahepushen ... Bandit chief (as Ye Er Jiang)
Michael An-Ye Tan Michael An-Ye Tan ... Da Dao (as Michael Tan)
Yun-Peng Qi Yun-Peng Qi ... Mo Zhui (as Qi Yun Peng)
Yang Wen Yang Wen ... Tong Tou (as Wen Yang)
Chang-Zhou Zhao Chang-Zhou Zhao ... Jing An (as Zhao Chang Zhou)
Edit

Storyline

Where there is trouble, there is a solution. This time, the trouble comes from two mythical spirits who take the forms of humans. Disguised in human skin and clothes, the pair continue to take the hearts of humans to stay alive and young. But one of them strays down the wrong path and falls in love with a married man. What will happen to the lives of this man and his wife after saving from the barbarians someone who didn't need any saving? Written by Kimberly

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The battle for an empire begins.


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong | Singapore

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

25 September 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

畫皮 See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,579,689
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Hong Kong's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Goofs

All mail armor in this film is made with the the mail going vertically rather than sideways. This would make the armor less effective, as it spreads the ring pattern open, making it easier to penetrate. All historical examples of mail armor have the ring pattern going from side to side for this reason. See more »

Connections

Followed by Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Painted Heart
Music by Ikuro Fujiwara (as Fujiwara Ikuro)
Lyrics by Siu-kei Chan
Performed by Jane Zhang (as Jane Zhang)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Worst Chinese film in decades? I think so!
24 October 2008 | by ellagardenSee all my reviews

After all the effort of building international reputation with films like "Heroes" and "Crouching Tiger", Chinese film has gone back to the starting point with this one. "Painted Skin" is nothing but an amateur attempt trying to imitate other ones, without sufficient skill or patient. The lines are simple AWFUL!!! I wonder whether they came up with the script in two days. The costumes and makeup is a joke, look like recycled from other movies. The acting....Donnie Yen's performance is probably OK for a HongKong TV show and nothing else, and all those supposedly emotional scenes are so badly handled, gave me goose bumps. The worst thing of this film is the directing, the editing and camera works. It is absolutely mind-blowing that such a horrible production, worse than an average video on Youtube, has spent so much money on advertising and publicity stunt, but nothing on making this movie worth seeing.


13 of 96 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed