I think Anonymous wrote an adequate summary (below). However, I have to note that I watched this two hour movie without fast-forwarding, despite slow moments and very challenging plot. Stunning visuals. A few great fights. Interesting characters and actors, including Chen Kun, who was one of my favorites in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. As in that movie, the people out on the border are pretty freaky. Try to imagine Guillermo del Toro directing Mad Max on acid. Still, some beautiful moments.
An ancient fox spirit embarks on a diabolical quest to become human after escaping an icy prison, and becomes bound to a disfigured princess who seeks the love of a noble guard as her kingdom crumbles in this lavish supernatural epic. Confined to a frozen cell for centuries, malevolent fox spirit Xiaowei (Xun Zhou) regains her freedom and seeks to preserve her beauty by seducing men and consuming their hearts. Should a
manhuman offer her his heart willingly, Xiaowei will become mortal, breaking free of the underworld and experiencing living among the living. Meanwhile, as a dark cloud falls over her kingdom, Princess Jing (Wei Zhao) flees, hiding her deep facial scars under a mask of pure gold while seeking the love of her former protector, who remains haunted by his failure to save her years prior. When destiny brings Xiaowei and Princess Jing together, the battle for the princess’ heart begins. Written by Anonymous