Great Ghost Movie
SereneNight | California, USA | 12/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the tale of two yuppies, one (Su-Hyun) is an artist, who sidelines as a college professor. His girlfriend (Sun-Young)is a doctor, who works at the hectic City hospital.
When Su-Hyun purchases a massive Gingko bed for his art studio, he begins to hallucinate about seeing the Ghost of an ancient princess (Mi-Dan). Mi-Dan and her would-be suitor General Hwang, haunt the bed, due to an ancient curse. Mi-Dan has returned because Su-Hyun is the reincarnation of her ancient lover. Hwang has returned to protect Mi-Dan, and try and kill Su-Hyun.
I really liked Gingko bed. While the plot held nothing particularly new (Su-Hyun- and Mi-dan were stereotypically 'good' with no particular negative characteristics, and General Hwang was the evil obsessed anti-hero type), I liked it anyway. There were a couple scenes which remained unclear and seemed superfluous, for instance: the opening scene with Hwang attacking and killing the rapist, (this is supposed to be a bad guy? Seems pretty GOOD to me), The scene where Sun-Yuong leaves Su-Hyun's birthday cake on top of the car, and then this isn't even MENTIONED at his birthday party.... This makes me wonder whether some significant scenes might've been left on the cutting room floor.
Overall, though, despite these peccadillos, this was a great movie, well worth the time and money investment!"
Sad but beautiful
Maxim Voronov | Boston, MA | 04/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very sad but very beautiful movie.A successful artist finds an old gingko bed and discovers that the ghost of Princess Mi-Dan, his lover from past life is trapped within it. Enters General Hwang who killed the artist (who was a court musician at the time) a thousand years ago because he wanted Mi-Dan for himself.The plot summary doesn't do the film justice. The film is rather complex. It should appeal to those who liked the Matrix. This film was made three years before the Matrix. It does not emphasize the special effects that much. But it really focuses on the different realities. An extremely intelligent and original film (fans of Hong Kong cinema may find it reminiscent of Stanley Kwan's (1987) ROUGE."
I get this feeling that we have met before..... karmic love
M. R. Estante | North America | 04/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Gingko plant is known for memory and The Gingko bed is an Asian film about past-loves and their many karmic journeys together. Two modern Chinese yuppies buy a bed that awakens their karmic history, and the ensuing relationship takes a dramatic turn."