Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: The Enchanting Phantom

The Enchanting Phantom


Genre: Romance, Drama, Fantasy
Origin: China
Air-date: May 1, 2020
Starring: Oliver Chen as Ning Cai Chen, Eleanor Lee as Nie Xiao Qian, Norman Chui as Lao Lao, Yuen Wah as Yan Chi Xia

A timeless love story of a scholar who falls in love with a female ghost and tries to free her from eternal servitude to a demon. Scholar Ning Cai Chen heads to the capital to take the state examinations. Along the way, he spends the night at Lan Ruo temple where he meets and falls in love with Nie Xiao Qian a ghost who seduces men to absorb their life essence as offering to Lao Lao. After much struggle, Ning Cai Chen and Nie Xiao Qian become a couple, however, Lao Lao plans to marry Nie Xiao Qian off to the Heishan Demon. In his desperation, Ning Cai Chen commissions the help of demon hunter Yan Chi Xia.

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When I tell y’all that I watched this movie in May, but have been just too lazy to write the actual review you better believe me. Heh. So this is yet another remake of the 1987 Hong Kong Original film, A Chinese Ghost Story. I’ve never seen the original so I can’t do a comparison in that sense, but I can and will judge this movie as it’s own product.

First things first, the story is not unique as it’s a remake, but even in this aspect, it still fell very flat imo. I think that the romance was severely underdeveloped between Cai Chen and Xiao Qian and that’s supposed to be the entire selling point of this movie. I don’t know when or how he fell in love with her, I don’t know why she fell for him. Honestly, nothing made sense in the story overall. I wish that there was some explanation as to why the Heishan Demon was so adamant in marrying her? Like she ain’t all that. The only thing I know for a fact about this story is that Shuangshuang is 1000% a lesbian and deserved to have been with Xiao Qian instead.. The chemistry was so good.

Story aside, the cinematography and cgi were also not the best in the beginning and overall I thought that was done a bit poorly as well. I think the scenes that are the best with the cgi are the ones when the lesbian ghosts (yes that what I’m calling them) were in that nether realm. Even the big climatic end of seeing the demon, all I could think was that it was mega Groot. It truly looked so cartoonish. An upside to this movie would be the delivery of the actors, but unfortunately wasn’t enough to save the entirety of this. I really think that if Eleanor has more chemistry with Oliver that it could’ve been better, but it was drier than the Sahara Desert up in here.

So like overall, it’s an okay movie. It’s not painstakingly terrible, but it’s not good either. I think that if they had killed Cai Chen at the end, everything would’ve been worthwhile. I mean lesbihonest, Shuangshuang and Xiao Qian were the better love story. GAY RIGHTS!!!


Story: 5.5/10
Acting: 8/10
Production: 6.5/10
Rewatch Value: 5/10
Overall: 6/10

Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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