Painted Skin: The Resurrection
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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 kingdom crumbles in this lavish supernatural epic. Confined to a frozen cell for centuries, malevolent fox spirit Xiaowei (Xun Zhou) regains her freedom and seeks to preserve her beauty by seducing men and consuming their hearts. Should a man offer her his heart willingly, Xiaowei will become mortal, breaking free of the underworld and experiencing living among the living. Meanwhile, as a dark cloud falls over… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Blindingly gorgeous to look at and exceptionally well acted, at least by the women."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Embodies a knack the Chinese have perfected in blockbusters, still leaving similar US fare far behind. That is, how to combine the exquisitely crafted imagery of poetic, leisurely paced arthouse elegance, with fast forward blunt action in a movie."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"The whole thing can be hard to follow, but the energy (and pulchritude) of the cast make it a perfectly fine bit of popcorn escapism."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"An epic feast for fans of Chinese fairy-tale movies, from the stunning visuals to the surprisingly complex relationships."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"More breathy outbursts from wronged lovers and strange pseudo-sexual and homoerotic encounters than a late-night soap opera, matched with a visual style that points to a level of artistry and invention that even western cinema struggles to match."
‑ Patrick Kolan, Shotgun Critic
"A vaporous, watered-down frappe of a fantasy epic."
‑ Calum Marsh, Slant Magazine
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