Split of the Spirit
Hong Kong 1987
Directed by Fred Tan.


At last, a horror movie about interpretive dance. It's such a natural fit I'm surprised the combination isn't used more often.

Pauline Wong's new show, "Split of the Spirit," is to play in Taipei, though she tries to kill herself in depression beforehand because her boyfriend dumped her. That's nothing compared to Chui Suk-Woon's troubles, though, as her disloyal boyfriend decides to break up with her by trapping her in a car and burning her to death, so that he can go marry an heiress without any attachments. Her vengeful spirit finds the perfect host in depressive, dance-mad Pauline.

SPLIT OF THE SPIRIT is your basic ghost revenge flick. Pauline Wong is most memorable in the cast, though Cynthia Khan appears, she plays a bookish character easily forgotten. Although there is a nicely staged decapitation about midway through, the scariest moments by far are the interpretive dance sequences that open and close the film, and the truly horrible outfits the backup dancers are required to wear.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on August 22, 2006.


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