Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe

Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (Chinese: 九层妖塔) is a 2015 Chinese 3D adventure action film directed and co-written by Lu Chuan, and stars Mark Chao, Yao Chen, Rhydian Vaughan, Li Chen, Tiffany Tang and Daniel Feng.[2][3][4] The film is an adaptation of Tianxia Bachang's 2006 best-selling novel Ghost Blows Out the Light.[5] Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe was released in China on September 30, 2015.

Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe
MandarinJiǔcéng Yāotǎ
Directed byLu Chuan
Written byLu Chuan
Tianxia Bachang
Bobby Roth
Nick Roth
Based onGhost Blows Out the Light
by Tianxia Bachang
StarringMark Chao
Yao Chen
Rhydian Vaughan
Li Chen
Tiffany Tang
Daniel Feng
Music byJesper Kyd
CinematographyCao Yu
Distributed byLeTV
Release date
  • 30 September 2015 (2015-09-30)
Running time
115 minutes
Box officeUS$106 million[1]


In 1979, a young soldier is working in China's snow capped Kunlun mountains when an explosion reveals bizarre fossils hidden deep in the mountain caverns. What they discover next will change his life and human history forever.


  • Mark Chao as Hu Bayi, former soldier/adventurer.
  • Yao Chen as Yang Ping/Shirley Yang, daughter of Professor Yang.
  • Rhydian Vaughan as Chen Dong, scientist/student of Professor Yang.
  • Li Chen as Mr. Wang/President Wang, librarian/guardian of Prince Yi's mausoleum.
  • Tiffany Tang as Cao Weiwei.
  • Daniel Feng as Wang Kaixuan, locally famous singer & childhood friend of Hu Bayi.
  • Li Guangjie as Han Jiuyang.
  • Wang Qingxiang as Professor Yang, archaeologist/expert on the Demon Temple & ghostly tribe.
  • Wu Jun
  • Wang Deshun as An Liman, a geographer.


This film was shot in Gansu.

Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe's photographer was Cao Yu, who is Yao Chen's husband.


The film was released in theaters in China on September 30, 2015.


The film made US$14.2 million on its opening day in China on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 placing first at the daily box office.[6] During its opening weekend, it earned US$34 million ranking second at the Chinese box office behind Lost in Hong Kong.[7]


  1. Patrick Brzeski (October 20, 2015). "China Box Office: 'Ant-Man' Goes Big With $43M Debut". The Hollywood Reporter. (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  2. "'Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe' Trailer". 2015.
  3. "Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe". Xinhua News (in German). 2015-09-01.
  4. Gao Yufei (2015-09-03). 李晨光头造型首曝光 3D探险片《九层妖塔》国庆上映. Ifeng (in Chinese).
  6. Rob Cain (October 1, 2015). "'Lost in Hong Kong' First Week Ahead Of 'Monster Hunt' Numbers". Forbes. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  7. Anita Busch (October 4, 2015). "'The Martian' Tops $100M Worldwide In Opening, $55M Abroad – Int'l Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
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