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  • YEBUN GOSING Alternative
  • The PHANTOM LOVER Alternative


Gothic horror style film in a Chinese setting. Song Dan Ping is a westernised opera singer in 1920s China. When he falls in love with the young Yun Yan, already betrothed to another, the future father in-law attacks Dan Ping in a vicious acid attack and burns down the opera house. Badly disfigured, Dan Ping fakes his own death and secludes himself in the opera house. Yun Yan goes mad with grief. Ten years later, an ambitious young opera singer meets Dan Ping and strikes a dangerous bargain. Dan Ping promises to help him achieve fame if he will look after the half-crazed Yun Yu.

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