While the rest of the Philippines is obsessed over the battle between AlDub and Pastillas Girl, I’m here all crunched up in my comfy mat watching Korean movies like there’s no tomorrow. I don’t really know what it is with Korean movies that I seriously couldn’t get enough of. Probably it’s those totally insane beginnings and heart wrenching twists towards the end that gets me all the time.
Just like Hello Ghost, starring My Sassy Girl’s leading man Cha Tae-hyun, I couldn’t help but feel weird laughing my ass off at one point and then crying like a baby after. It’s one of those blockbuster Korean movies that seems to have a never ending plot and then suddenly whams you into a marinade of emotions in the end.
Premiered in the year 2013, Hello Ghost features Sang-man, a guy suffering from Major Depression. Plagued by sadness, seemingly like that of Sad Larry in ExplosmEntertainment’s Cyanide and Happiness Shorts, he tries to swallow a whole bottle of pills and jump from a bridge, only to wake up alive in the hospital. These apparently were only two of his numerous failed attempts at suicide.
He then starts seeing these 4 ghosts that seem to follow him everywhere. Stressed out by his newfound dilemma, he seeks the advice of a shaman who tells him that these ghosts were attracted to him so they can possess his body once he pulls off a successful suicide. In order for those ghosts to leave him be, he has to complete tasks that will make each ghost happy.
—Whoops! Spoilers ahead!—
He then embarks on a quirky adventure of trying to fulfill each ghost’s wishes. While trying to fulfill those, each of the ghosts manage to possess his body for a few moments, which makes everything really weird for the people who can see him, and definitely funny for us viewers.
For the Old Man, he tries to look for an old camera that used to belong to him, which brings him to his first police arrest. For the Fat Smoker, he has to acquire an old abandoned taxi, to which he lands back again in the police station for having no driver’s license. For the kid, he had to go to this anime convention, buy him toys and win him a large candy fish from a local street vendor. For the Crying Woman, he had to go to the market and cook a sumptuous meal.
It was all fun and games until the ghosts fail to leave him be after he tried so hard to fulfill their wishes. There’s also a thing with Yun-soo, a nurse he likes. Yun-soo is sick of people dying every single day. She hates her father and wishes she was alone with no family, Sang-man’s exact opposite.
Okay, so I decided not to spoil anything after all. haha! It’s just too good I tell you.
Hello Ghost is such a heartwarming story about the family bonds and the importance of life. I mean come on, if this doesn’t make your day or change your mind about how shitty your life is, then I don’t know what else could.