The 2010 Japanese romance Ghost is one of those unusual films.
It’s not often that the Japanese remake a two-decade-old Hollywood movie.
But since the Hollywood film Ghost was one of the biggest hits of the 1990s and given the enduring resonance of young romance thwarted, perhaps the remake was justified.
Except in one crucial respect, the Japanese film Ghost hews closely to the English original.
In the Japanese version, it’s the girl who dies and ends up as a ghost protecting her lover from the bad elements that are set out to kill him.
The roles are reversed in the Hollywood original starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi won the Best Supporting Actress for her role as the psychic).
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When Nanami dies in a road accident, her husband Kim Juno (Seung-heon Song) is shattered.
They are recently married and, like most young couples, have great deal of affection for each other.
Juno, who hails from Korea, is a potter who makes attractive ceramic ware while Nanami is the CEO of a thriving Japanese company.
If Junoi is extremely distraught over the loss of his wife, Nanami is shattered over her tragic fate.
Yes, Nanami is extremely upset over her misfortune because although she’s physically dead she’s now ‘alive’ as a ghost who can see and hear everything in the real world.
This ability makes it all the more disturbing to Nanami because she soon realizes the true circumstances behind her death and the danger her dear Juno is in.
The rest of the film is about how Nanami’s Ghost protects Juno via a psychic and ultimately brings the bad persons to book.
The photography and lighting are pleasing as they usually are with movies made in Japan or South Korea.
Nanako Matsushima, who plays Nanami, is a charming, adorable actress who does a fine job.
Song Seung-Heon’s performance as the tender, loving husband is adequate.
Kirin Kiki renders a remarkably spirited performance as the fake psychic Unten, who suddenly develops real psychic powers.
SearchIndia.com recommends Ghost to all romantics.
Ghost is available for streaming on Netflix with English subtitles.