Now it may feel more like a minefield -- seductive on the surface, but seeded with subterranean hazards.
; literally: "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.
However, Wu Ma and Joey Wong, who were invited, did not attend the premiere.
Ching Siu-tung had difficulty tracking down Joey Wong and had to contact her through her family in Taiwan.
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.
Ning holds on to a curtain to shield the urn from sunlight as he has a final conversation with Nip.
They are unable to find her in the midst of thousands of other spirits.
Nip tells him her story of how she became eternally bound to the servitude of a sinister Tree Demoness.
She explains that as long as her remains are buried at the foot of the tree, her spirit will be forever enslaved by Tree Demoness. He seeks the help of a powerful Taoist priest and master swordsman called Yin Chik-ha, whom he met earlier.
The plot was loosely based on a short story about Nie Xiaoqian from 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.