An Asian Ghost Story


26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

Wigs were vital for the rise of the Asian economy in the post-war era. In the heyday of the 1960s, it was the number four export in Hong Kong’s export-orientated industrialization. Between Mao’s China – the largest source of hair supplies, and the insatiable Western market, Hong Kong functioned as the gateway. In every wig resides a ghost from the imperial past. Departing from a 1965 United States embargo on the hair trade, known as the “Communist Hair Ban” the film is about haunting memories of Asia’s late 20th-century modernization. “Part experimental, historical documentary, part anthropological fiction, An Asian Ghost Story focuses on Hong Kong’s wig industry to shed light on ghosts; ghosts from the stories of female factory workers, and the more insidious ghosts of capitalism and colonialism. From the moment the title appears, in such a typical font, in VHS picture definition, the film pays a subtle, playful homage to Hong Kong and its film culture; which used to matter but seems, much like its territory, to be stuck in an interzone with increasingly tight borders.” (Victor Bournerias)

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Bo Wang
Script: Bo Wang
Cinematography: Yavuz Selim Isler
Editing: Bo Wang
Sound: Jeroen Goeijers
Actors: Michael de Ross, Sidney Vereycken, Sai-wang Lau, Zoenie Liwen Deng, Ruoyao Jane Yao, Zoe Tang, Jo-lene Ong
Production: Geodesic Studio, Vines Films
Producers: Ruoyao Jane Yao
Executive producer: Jia Zhao
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: The Netherlands, Hong Kong
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 37'
Contact: Jane Yao
Awards/Distinctions: New:Vision Award - CPH:DOX 2023, Arkipel Award, Forum Lenteng Award - Arkipel 2023, Award for Excellence – Image Forum Festival 2023, Cosmos Award for the Best Innovative Film – Curtocircuito IFF 2023, New Jury Award – Curtocircuito IFF 2023, Golden Dove Award – DOK Leipzig 2023, Grand Prix André S. Labarthe – Festival Entrevues Belfort 2023, Winner Documentary Short – Sharjah Film Platform 2023

Bo Wang


2012 China Concerto
2016 Traces of an Invisible City: Three Notes on Hong Kong
2016 The Wangs
2017 Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings (short)
2019 Many Undulating Things
2019 Murmuring Debris and Leaves Silently Fall (short)
2023 An Asian Ghost Story (short)