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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ghosted (Ai-mei) by Monika Treut, 2008

with Inga Busch, Yi-Ching Lu, Ting Ting Hu, Jack Kao, Marek Harloff, Nick Dong-Sik, Ke Huan-Ru, Kevin Shih Hung Chen

In Taipei to unveil an art installation in honor of her dead Taiwanese lover, Ai-Ling, German artist Sophie Scmitt (Inga Busch) rebuffs the advances of enigmatic journalist Mei Li (Ting Ting Hu). But when Mei Li turns up at her door in Hamburg, Sophie reconsiders. She soon discovers, though, that the mysterious woman is much more than she appears to be.

I see two problems about the movie. First, it should have been in German and Taiwanese, or have better actors to be able to make them play in English the parts that are in between. The second, how sad that it was marketed as a lesbian movie. I found the story and culture of ghost so fascinating, the beliefs of Taiwanese that when someone dies, as long as it didn't get the ceremony, the soul is embodies in another person's life, and it can be very disturbing for someone embodied by a ghost because the person cannot know whether it as herself or as a ghost that she is experiencing things. The German actress, Inga Busch, has something fascinating about herself but she is too awkward acting, the first Taiwanese playing Ai-Ling is amazing, but the second one is not looking very natural, with a perpetuate surprised look in her eyes. Anyway, interesting at least.


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