GenreFantasy Story byPu Songling Duration LanguageMandarin
Release dateSeptember 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) (China)
October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13) (Hong Kong) Based onStrange Tales of a Lonely Studio
by Pu Songling CastDeng Chao (Zhu Xiaolian (朱孝廉)), 孙俪 (Shaoyao (芍药)), Zheng Shuang (Mudan (牡丹)), Monica Mok (Dingxiang) Similar moviesRelated Gordon Chan movies
Mural (simplified Chinese: 画壁; traditional Chinese: 畫壁; pinyin: Huà Bì; Jyutping: Waa6 Bik1) is a 2011 Chinese film directed by Gordon Chan. 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.
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.
Deng Chao as Zhu Xiaolian
Sun Li as Shaoyao
Yan Ni as The Aunt
Collin Chou as Meng Longtan
Zheng Shuang as Mudan
Eric Tsang as Monk Budong (guest star)
Andy On as Golden Warrior
Monica Mok as Ding Xiang
Ada Liu as fairy Yunmei
Bao Wenjing as Baihe
Xia Yiyao as Xuelian
Bao Beier as Hou Xia, Zhu's servant
Du Shiwu as housekeeper
Xie Nan as Fairy Cuizhu
The title song for the movie is also named "Mural". The singers are Deng Chao and Betty Sun.