(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Netflix)
I recently watched this movie and I truly enjoyed it, which is why I thought I should share it with you. And hey, Ghost Month is almost over, and watching Marry My Dead Body is the perfect way to end it. In Chinese culture, it is believed that “ghosts and spirits, including those of deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm (diyu or preta)” during Ghost Month which, by the way, begins on August 16 and ends on September 14 this year.
But we are digressing. Marry My Dead Body is a Taiwanese supernatural comedy mystery film directed by Cheng Wei Hao. Its story centers around the ghost marriage between Wu Ming-Han (played by actor Greg Hsu) and Mao Pang-Yu (Austin Lin).
Ghost marriage is an ancient practice of posthumous marriage between a living and a deceased person or a ghost. Put this way, the movie sounds like a horror story that sends a shiver down your spine but it’s actually funny. The film was a hit, too! Not only did it earn a box office revenue of USD 11.5 million (NTD 360 million) in Taiwan, but it also won the “Best Screenplay” award at the 25th Taipei Film Festival held last July.
Greg Hsu, the lead actor who played the straight main character, Wu Ming-Han—an ambitious albeit homophobic police detective—said in a statement to Netflix: “It’s my pleasure to introduce MARRY MY DEAD BODY to everyone on Netflix. I hope you will all show your support for this differentiated film on the platform.”
Meanwhile, actor Austin Lin said, “I hope everyone can learn more about the ghost marriage culture and witness the sweetness and craziness within it through MARRY MY DEAD BODY. Of course, I’m also looking forward to how the audience worldwide will interpret the love depicted in this film.”
Check out the film’s official blurb straight from Netflix:
“After finding an odd envelope, Policeman Ming-han’s life takes a spooky turn: He’s now wed to a ghost husband, and they must solve a crime together.”
Marry My Dead Body also stars Gingle Wang (Lin Tzu-Ching), Chen-Nan Tsai (Lin Hsiao-Yuan), Man-Chiao Wang (Pang-Yu’s grandmother), Tsung-Hua Tou (Pang-Yu’s father), Aaron Yan (Chen Chia-Hao), and Chris Chih-Cheng Lee (Chia-Hao’s new boyfriend) to name a few.
This smash-hit LGBTQ comedy film is Taiwan’s entry to the 96th Academy Awards for the Best International Feature category.