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(aka 'Xian nu xia fan" or "Sin lui ha fan" or "The Human Goddess")


Directed by Meng Hua Ho

Hong Kong 1972


The Shaw Brothers veered into outright fantasy territory with HUMAN GODDESS - and often hilarious and very timely look at the state of Hong Kong in the early 1970s! Released in 1972 to adoring audiences, and directed by the iconic Meng Hua Ho (BLACK MAGIC/ MIGHTY PEKING MAN) this is an oddball outing even by the esoteric standards of 88 Films and our immortal Asian film line! Taking audiences back to an era of troubled romance, painful poverty and greedy land tycoons - all of whom have to answer to an angel (played by the gorgeous Shanghai-born Li Ching) who has been sent from heaven to look after the residents of the former British colony - HUMAN GODDESS holds up as a riotous viewing experience even today. A mash-up of several genres - from sex comedy to space-age optimism and even political satire - HUMAN GODDESS is one of the most astute Hong Kong movies of its decade and a must-see for anyone curious about the golden age of Hong Kong cinema! Only 88 Films could have brought this true obscurity back from the vaults in a stunning HD transfer that will surely win over a new generation of vixen-enthusiastic viewers.


Theatrical Release: November 28th, 1972

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Review: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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88 Films
'B' Blu-ray




Disc Size: 22,387,029,728 bytes

Feature Size: 22,200,803,328 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.88 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video



88 Films Blu-ray



DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 1990 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1990 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films


Disc Size: 22,387,029,728 bytes

Feature Size: 22,200,803,328 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.88 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:
• Reverse Sleeve featuring Original Hong Kong Poster Art

Calum Waddell liner notes

Blu-ray  Release Date: July 9th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case inside slipcase

Chapters: 8


More of the 88 Asia Collection on Blu-ray


Black Magic

Black Magic 2

The Bride From Hell

The Enchanting Ghost

The Ghost Lovers


The Oily Maniac

The Seeding of a Ghost

The Dragon Missile

Five Element Ninjas

The Flying Guillotine


House of Traps

The Human Goddess

Killer Constable

The Mighty Peking Man

The One-Armed Swordsman

Sea Fog

The Spiritual Boxer

The Super Inframan



NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The enticingly-titled Shaw Brothers effort, The Human Goddess gets an HD transfer to Blu-ray from 88 Films. It's single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. The image quality is quite inconsistent with much of the film looking abnormally soft at times. It fluctuates back to standard detail but the softness, more notable in the beginning, almost looks worse than an SD bump. It is odd and I don't know if the original film production is the evolution of this issue. Colors are bright and the 2.35:1 widescreen is maintained in the 1080P.

88 Films include a Chinese language track (I presume Mandarin) on the
Blu-ray via a lossless DTS-HD Master transfer (24-bit) and sounds clean although the film doesn't export much depth. The score is by Yung-Yu Chen (The Ghost Lovers, Black Magic 2, The Mighty Peking Man, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The Five Deadly Venoms) . It is a fittingly light score augmenting the tone of the film. There are optional English subtitles, and the Blu-ray is region 'B'-locked.

Extras consist of only a reverse sleeve featuring original Hong Kong cinema poster artwork, and some liner notes by Dr. Calum Waddell.

The Human Goddess is a fantasy/comedy with some romance and plenty of good-natured sentiment. Shaw brothers fans who lean to these more wholesome efforts are the target of this
Blu-ray. It's quite a simple/sweet film and fans of this genre may enjoy it.

 - Gary Tooze





















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