Mural (film)


Promotional poster
Directed by Gordon Chan
Produced by Abe Kwong Man-Wai
Screenplay by Gordon Chan
Frankie Tam
Maria Wong
Lau Ho Leung
Story by Pu Songling
Based on Strange Tales of a Lonely Studio
by Pu Songling
Starring Deng Chao
Sun Li
Yan Ni
Collin Chou
Zheng Shuang
Eric Tsang
Music by Fujiwara Ikuro
Cinematography Mark Lee
Edited by Chan Kei Hop
Distributed by Beijing Enlight Pictures (China)
Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK) (Hong Kong)
Release dates
  • September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) (China)
  • October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13) (Hong Kong)
Running time
123 minutes
Country China
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

Mural (simplified Chinese: 画壁; traditional Chinese: 畫壁; pinyin: Huà Bì; Jyutping: Waa6 Bik1) is a 2011 Chinese film directed by Gordon Chan.[1] It is directed by the same director who directed Painted Skin (2008). Both stories are drawn from Pu Songling's (1640–1715) collection of supernatural tales Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.[2]


Mural tells the story of Zhu Xiaolian, a poor scholar who travels to the capital to take an examination accompanied by his servant and along the way they capture a thief. The thief, trying to escape enters a temple and while taking a break Zhu becomes distracted by a mural and enters into the fantasy land of fairies. He meets the fairies who inhabit this fantasy land and encounters love and hate. Due to the strict regulations of no man being allowed in the fairy land created by the queen fairy, a war breaks out to drive the men away.


Theme music

The title song for the movie is also named "Mural". The singers are Deng Chao and Betty Sun.


  1. Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 89. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  2. Q&A: Gordon Chan Talks About 'The Mural', The Hollywood Reporter, 26 June 2011 (retrieved on October 17, 2011).

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