A Chinese Ghost Story (倩女幽魂: The Ethereal Spirit of a Beauty) is a 1987 Hong Kong romantic comedy horror film starring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong and Wu Ma, directed by Ching Siu-tung and produced by Tsui Hark. The plot was loosely based on a short story about Nie Xiaoqianfrom Qing dynasty writer Pu Songling’s Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio (聊齋誌異), and also inspired by the 1960 Shaw Brothers Studio film, The Enchanting Shadow.
The film was popular in Hong Kong and several Asian countries, including South Korea and Japan, when released. Most notably it boosted the stardom of Joey Wong, won Leslie Cheung popularity in Japan, and sparked a trend of folklore ghost films in the Hong Kong film industry, including two sequels, an animated film, a television series and a 2011 remake. The film was ranked number 50 of the Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures presented at the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards.
- Leslie Cheung as Ning Choi-san (寧采臣), a debt collector who encounters the ghost.
- Joey Wong as Nip Siu-sin (聶小倩), a ghost that is forced to lure young men to their death for the Tree Demon.
- Wu Ma as Yin Chik-ha (燕赤霞) a Taoist priest that hunts ghosts
- Lau Siu-ming as the Tree Demon (樹妖), an evil demon that forces Nip Siu-sin to lure men so as to feed on their life force.
- Lam Wai as Hah Hau, Yin Chik-ha’s rival swordsman
- Xue Zhilun as Siu-ching (小青)
- Wong Jing as the Judge
- David Wu as Secretary Chiu
- Huang Ha as the boss of the tavern
- Yeung Yau-cheung as the charms seller
- Shut Mei-yee as the paintings seller
- Joshua Ho as the dog
- Jiang Jin
- Elvis Tsui as Chyun Cheung