Movies, dramas, and stories related to the love story between ghosts and humans are considered interesting by many people. One of the popular stories that carries this theme is the short story “Nie Xiaoqian” from the novel Strange Tales from a Lonely Studio by Pu Song Ling. This story was later adapted into a Hong Kong film A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), followed by A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990) and A Chinese Ghost Story III (1991).
In 2011, the short story “Nie Xiaoqian” was filmed again under the title A Chinese Fairy Tale. This Hong Kong film stars Liu Yifei and Louis Koo. Then, on May 1, 2020, this story was once again made into a Chinese film The Enchanting Phantom produced by Tencent Penguin Pictures.
The Enchanting Phantom is a historical, comedy, romance, and fantasy genre film. This film with a duration of approximately 1 hour 30 minutes tells the story of a young scholar who falls in love with a female ghost. He tries everything he can to free his lover from his eternal bondage with the devil.
The film begins with the scene of a young scholar named Ning Caichen (Chen Xingxu) who comes to the capital to take the state exam. As night fell, he decided to stay at a temple. It is here that he meets and falls in love with Nie Xiaoqian (Eleanor Lee), a beautiful ghost who likes to tempt humans to absorb the essence of their lives. This absorbed life essence is then used as an offering to Laolao (Grandma).
After going through a life and death struggle together, Ning Caichen and Nie Xiaoqian became a couple. However, their love did not run smoothly. Because, Laolao was planning to marry Nie Xiaoqian to the Devil Hei Shan. In desperation, Ning Caichen asks for help from a demon hunter named Yan Chixia (Yuen Wah) to save her lover from the grasp of the Devil Hei Shan.
Through its performance in The Enchanting PhantomChen Xingxu won the “Online Film Actor of the Year” award in Tencent Video TV And Movie Award in 2020. At the same event, Eleanor Lee won the “Online Film Actress of the Year” award.