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Can anyone recommend any Mandarin language sci-fi and/or horror with English subtitles. I've found some good historical fantasy, but can't seem to find these other genres.  Movies, series, even youtube shorts would be great. 谢谢.

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歐博思

'Invitation Only (絕命派對 or Jue ming pai dui) is a Taiwanese horror film directed by Kevin Ko and released in April 2009. The film was billed as "Taiwan's First-Ever Slasher Horror".'

Ripped that from the Wiki description of it to avoid potential spoilers. It's the one and only Mandarin horror movie I've seen, but later saw it only got a 4.9/10 on IMDb. 

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Epimetheus

谢谢.

 

I'll check it out and leave some review. Hopefully it will lead to similar stuff.

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歐博思

小意思啦。Hopefully you'll enjoy it more than IMDb folks.

 

And welcome to the forum!

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Luxi

There's a very famous HK film based on a story by Pu Songling, "A Chinese Ghost Story". The original was in Cantonese (with versions dubbed in Mandarin) but it has been re-made in Mandarin recently. It's a classic. Original and subsequent versions can be found in You Tube

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Chinese_Ghost_Story

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093978/

 

There is a PRC film called Painted Skin, with at least one sequel. Also based in a story by Pu Songling.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painted_Skin_(2008_film)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1055300/

 

Anything based on stories in Pu Songling's "Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio" will be a sort-of-horror film. I say sort-of because some of the ghosts are really lovely.

 

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There are many HK horror movies with a Mandarin language track available and English subtitles. I particularly like Koma and the Dumplings segment of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three..._Extremes

 

WRT the PRC, Mojin: the Lost Legend has many horror scenes but may be considered more of an adventure/"tomb raider" kind of movie overall. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mojin:_The_Lost_Legend

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Balthazar
On 10/4/2018 at 11:36 AM, Luxi said:

There's a very famous HK film based on a story by Pu Songling, "A Chinese Ghost Story". The original was in Cantonese (with versions dubbed in Mandarin) but it has been re-made in Mandarin recently. It's a classic. Original and subsequent versions can be found in You Tube

 

The original is indeed a worthwhile watch, but it's more of a comedy than anything else.

 

I'd recommend Li gui chan shen AKA Split Of The Spirit. It has a pretty poor rating on IMDB but is actually really worthwhile watching for the atmosphere it creates.

 

“I have always liked, and perhaps made, films whose concern for plot and character development is less important than other kinds of pure cinematic experience, and horror planted that seed,” artist Ben Rivers wrote recently for a program of “midnite movies” he curated for Harvard Film Archive. “These films are predominantly ones of visceral experience. They are about atmospheres, sound and image combined to create extremely unnerving spaces based around ingenuity and the flimsiest storylines. Try to even understand the plot…it doesn’t matter, because the films transcend well-worn conventions in favor of gloriously fragmented experiments in terror.”

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