Since summer, I’ve been into Asian movies and one that stood out among the hundred plus movies I have watched was Korea’s 2010 film “Hello Ghost“. A Korean comedy film which was released during Christmas season last year.
The supernatural comedy about a suicidal man named Sang-man (Cha Tae-hyeon) who started seeing four annoying ghosts after a failed suicide attempt. Carrying out their individual wishes, he finds the pleasures of daily life and forgets about his loneliness and depression.
From the premise, I thought Hello Ghost would be another predictable film. With Sang-man each accomplishing the wishes of the ghosts and him getting attached to them *some goodbye drama* and “the end”.
But it just doesn’t give you that. You’ll get more than what you have initially expected and get blown away by the big surprise. The film may drag you sometime in the middle but with an out-of-nowhere revelation in the near end – Hello Ghost movie will most likely become an instant favorite movie.
The brilliancy of the story really relies on the plot twist of the movie. But each ghostly characters were portrayed solidly that you can’t help but think about what their unfinished businesses would be. An old pervert ghost, a fat smoking ghost, a crybaby ghost and a ghost kid with a great penchant on food.
Another factor which made the film great is that it used irony throughout the film. Like, how can a suicidal man who has nothing to live on realize he has to live?? Aside from that it’s a breath of fresh air on the ghost genre.
The film does not only tell Sang-man’s life story but makes you realize how death can be the turning point of one’s life. And that life’s lesson was elaborated through the supporting characters played by the nurse, the patients and even the depressed alcoholic husband who thought he’s being cheated by his wife. All these are necessary elements so that the audience will value family more. And by the time, the twist is revealed – the impact would be life-changing also. WOW!
Great story, great acting, fantastic direction and mind-blowing ending!! Directed by Kim Yeong-tak, Hello Ghost is an spectacular tear-jerking comedy. A must-watch this Christmas! <3