I guess the local festivities during the Lunar Seventh Month continues to draw interest, especially for film material. Of the movies released during or about the month, namely Kelvin Tong's The Maid and Royston Tan's 881, both have been phenomenal success at the local box office. This year, a feature length documentary will be hitting our screens come 7th August, and if the stills are to be believed, then the documentary is likely to cover a wide spectrum about the festival on the whole.
Here's the synopsis by director Tony Kern:
Every year in parts of Asia during the seventh lunar month it is believed that the gates of Hell are opened and all the souls are set free to wander the earth. At this time many spirits roam around trying to fulfill their past needs, wants and desires. These are the "hungry ghosts." Many religious rituals and folk performances, such as street operas, take place during the seventh lunar month in order to try and appease the spirits. A MONTH OF HUNGRY GHOSTS is my documentary of this event.
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