Chinese folklore, black magic, and ghost stories have always inspired horror films in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Japan …

Here is a list of the most interesting horror films in our opinion.

Beware of some spoilers that lie ahead!

Song at Midnight (1937)
by Ma-Xu Weibang

In this Chinese version of The Phantom of the Opera, the mysterious Song Danping terrorizes the newly rebuilt opera house and its young star.

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Image from the movie "Song at Midnight"
© 1937 Xinhua − All right reserved.

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Poster for the movie "Ghost of the Mirror"
© 1974 First Films − All right reserved.

Ghost of the Mirror (1974)
by Sung Tsun-Shou

A scholar falls in love with a beautiful girl, who may or may not be a ghost.

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Poster for the movie "Love Massacre"
© 1981 David & David Investment Co. Production − All right reserved.

Love Massacre (1981)
by Patrick Tam Kar-Ming

Set in San Francisco, Love Massacre manages to evoke both Antonioni and Mario Bava in this tale of a ravishing young co-ed whose studly boyfriend turns into a demented stalker after the suicide of his sister.

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Poster for the movie "The Imp"
© 1981 Century Motion Picture & Dist. Co. − All right reserved.

The Imp (1981)
by Dennis Yu

Keung has a pregnant wife but he has been unemployed for a long period. One day he gets a new job as a security guard in a commercial building. But strange incidents start happening and his colleagues die in horrible ways one by one.

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Mr Vampire (1985)
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The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind.

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Image from the movie "Mr. Vampire"
© 1985 Toho-Towa − All right reserved.

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Image from the movie "A Chinese Ghost Story"
© 1987 Cinema City − All right reserved.

A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
by Ching Siu-Tung

Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. No one is willing to give him shelter for the night, so he ends up in the haunted Lan Ro temple.

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Image from the movie "A Chinese Ghost Story II"
© 1990 Film Workshop − All right reserved.

A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990)
by Ching Siu-Tung

Several years after his beloved Nieh has gone, Ning is innocently put into jail. Luckily, he meets a scholar, Elder Chu Kot, in the prison who finally helps him escape. Ning then meets a young witty monk Autumn.

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Image from the movie "A Chinese Ghost Story III"
© 1991 Film Workshop − All right reserved.

A Chinese Ghost Story III (1991)
by Ching Siu-Tung

Having slept for a century, the monstrous Tree Devil is now awaken and starts finding lost souls again. One stormy night, a wise High Priest and his student Fong pass by the Orchid Temple and realize that it is haunted.

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Finale in Blood (1993)
by Fruit Chan

This supernatural drama revolves around a radio disc jockey named Cheng, who unexpectedly comes into contact with the beautiful ghost of a woman named Feng.

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Image from the movie "Finale in Blood"
© 1993 Try Ease Ltd − All right reserved.

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The Untold Story (1993)
by Herman Yau, Danny Lee Sau-Yin

In 1978 in Hong Kong, a grisly murder takes place. Eight years later, on a Macao beach, kids discover the severed hands of a fresh victim.

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Image from the movie "The Untold Story"
© 1993 Cinema City Film Productions − All right reserved.

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Ebola Syndrome (1996)
by Herman Yau

After being caught screwing the wife of his boss, Kai San goes on a killing spree and flees Hong Kong. 10 years later, Kai finds himself working as a restaurant chef in South Africa.

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Image from the movie "Ebola Syndrome"
© 1996 Golden Harvest Productions − All right reserved.

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Poster for the movie "The Untold Story 2"
© 1998 − All right reserved.

The Untold Story 2 (1998)
by Yiu-Kuen Ng

The blood flows freely in this sequel to the first Untold Story, which now finds Anthony Wong Chau-Sang in a different role; in a film that is just as violent and frightening as the original.

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Visible Secret (2001)
by Ann Hui

Urban tale of fantasies, genre greatly favoured by Hong-Kong cinematography, the latest movie of filmmaker Ann Hui combines elements of horror films with other comical aspects to offer an intriguing and terrifying work of great visual strength.

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Image from the movie "Visible Secret"
© 2001 − All right reserved.

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Poster for the movie "Horror Hotline... Big Head Monster"
© 2001 − All right reserved.

Horror Hotline… Big Head Monster (2001)
by Soi Cheang

A reporter and the producer of “Horror Hotline”, a popular radio call-in show, investigate a caller’s tale about a terrifying mutant infant that caused several deaths in the 1960s and seems to be making people disappear today.

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Poster for the movie "The Stewardess"
© 2002 − All right reserved.

The Stewardess (2002)
by Tak-Sam Leong

Keung suffers from a recurring nightmare in which a woman in red chases him down a highway and tries to kill him with a plastic toy jet. When his girlfriend Apple leaves on a business trip, Keung pounces on the chance to approach his new neighbor, Yurei, a Japanese stewardess.

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Poster for the movie "New Blood"
© 2002 − All right reserved.

New Blood (2002)
by Soi Cheang

A young couple attempt to commit suicide but only the girl dies. Three donors give her lover a life-saving blood transfusion. The trio becomes a target for the girl’s vengeful spirit.

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Poster for the movie "Three"
© 2002 B.O.M. Film Productions Co. − All right reserved.

Three (2002)
by Peter Chan, Kim Jee-woon, Nonzee Nimibutr

Three is a collaboration of Kim Jee-woon (Memories), Nonzee Nimibutr (The Wheel) and Peter Chan (Going Home).

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The Eye (2002)
by Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang

A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realised she could even see ghosts. And some of these ghosts are down right unfriendly.

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Image from the movie "The Eye"
© 2002 Mediacorp Raintree Pictures − All right reserved.

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Three… Extremes (2004)
by Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park

“Three” is an anthology of three horror shorts from three different Asian countries. “Dumplings” by Fruit Chan (remade by Fruit Chan as a stand alone movie), “Box” by Takashi Miike, and “The Cut” by Chan-wook Park.

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Image from the movie "Three… Extremes"
© 2004 Applause Pictures − All right reserved.

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Dumplings (2004)
by Fruit Chan

A rich woman, Mrs. Li, is losing her attractiveness and longs for passion with her husband, who is having an affair with his younger and more attractive masseuse. In order to boost her image, she seeks out the help of Aunt Mei, a local chef. Mei cooks her some special dumplings which she claims to be effective for rejuvenation, but these dumplings hide a terrible secret.

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Image from the movie "Dumplings"
© 2004 Applause Pictures − All right reserved.

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The Eye 2 (2004)
by Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang

Pregnant Joey (Shu Qi) teeters on the brink of madness after several fruitless suicide attempts. She’s the unwilling recipient of an influx of shadowy images that haunt her pervasively.

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Image from the movie "The Eye 2"
© 2004 Coproducción Hong Kong-Tailandia-Singapur − All right reserved.

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Poster for the movie "Home Sweet Home"
© 2005 Filmko Pictures − All right reserved.

Home Sweet Home (2005)
by Soi Cheang

When an outwardly perfect family moves into a labyrinthine apartment complex with a dark history, their fragile façade soon begins to crumble to the ground in a captivating horror-drama directed by Cheang Poi Soi and starring Shu Qi.

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Poster for the movie "The Heirloom"
© 2005 − All right reserved.

The Heirloom (2005)
by Leste Chen

A Taiwanese man returns to the island after years abroad when he inherits a house; when he and his fiancé move in, strange things start to happen.

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Suffocation (2005)
by Bingjian Zhang

A man convinced he murdered his wife is haunted by her ghost. Marketed as Mainland China’s first horror movie.

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Poster for the movie "Suffocation"
© 2005 − All right reserved.

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Dream Home (2010)
by Pang Ho-Cheung

A woman will go to whatever lengths necessary to obtain her dream home with a view of the sea. This includes driving down the property value and decreasing the occupancy rate by killing her potential neighbors …

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Image from the movie "Dream Home"
© 2010 852 Films − All right reserved.

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Image from the movie "Mysterious Island"
© 2011 − All right reserved.

Mysterious Island (2011)
by Rico Chung Kai-Cheong

In the 1970s on the Binlusai islands, a young mother is killed when she was running with her son run from an evil presence in an abandoned Roman Catholic leper colony.

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Poster for the movie "Haze and Fog"
© 2013 − All right reserved.

Haze and Fog (2013)
by Cao Fei

Darkly humorous reinterpretation of the zombie film, set in Beijing. Here the undead are real estate agents, nouveau riche businessmen, security guards, manicurists, and sex workers seeking contact in an increasingly individualized, alienating society.

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Rigor Mortis (2013)
by Juno Mak

Juno Mak’s debut feature Rigor Mortis is an eerie and chilling, contemporary action- and special effects-laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980s.

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Image from the movie "Rigor Mortis"
© 2013 Kudos Pictures − All right reserved.

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Dead Sign (2013)
by Hui Liu

When art student Kangsheng returns to his remote hometown village with his classmates to search of ancient murals, they are witness to a fatal car accident. Kangsheng’s girlfriend Wangzhi unintentionally interrupts the local witchcraft ritual for the deceased.

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Image from the movie "Dead Sign"
© 2013 − All right reserved.

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Keeper of Darkness (2015)
by Nick Cheung

Hong Kong’s Answer to John Constantine. Street-smart exorcist Fatt has an unique method of dealing with vengeful spirits: He negotiates with them and persuades them to let go of their grudges.

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Image from the movie "Keeper of Darkness"
© 2015 United Filmmakers Organization (UFO) − All right reserved.

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Vampire Cleanup Department (2017)
by Chiu Sin-Hang, Yan Pak-Wing

Attacked by vampire, Spring, a born loser is saved by three street cleaners. When he wakes up, he finds himself in a government secret facilities hidden in a garbage collection station.

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