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Date Posted: 07:43:39 04/08/02 Mon
Author: Kikyo
Subject: Re: Ghost Husband
In reply to: Scarlett 's message, "Re: Ghost Husband" on 05:08:26 04/07/02 Sun

>It has been so long since I read something that is
>equally interesting to this message written by you.
>Thanks for making me see the other side of things.
>I agreed with you. It's quite disturbing to watch
>those scenes where Le Mei fought with her own
>insanity. Qi Xuan has overpowered everyone with his
>fragile emotions.
>Nonetheless, he did gained my sympathy. His "normal"
>life ended too abruptly, with too many things still
>undone, too many dreams unfulfilled. It's a tragic to
>know that's the end for one's life when one still has
>so much more to look forward to. Moreover, he is
>about to marry the love of his life, Le Mei.
>After reading your comments that night, I went to my
>closet and took out my Ghost Husband's CD and
>re-watched it. I was really "touched" by your words.
>Thanks for your in-depth remarks made on this series.

Hi Scarlett,

Glad you liked my serial analysis. However, I have a totally warped sense of enjoyment for any show, as I only like it if I'm able to critisize it. Here's another 'opinion' - originally posted in the Spcnet forum - that I had about Ghost Husband.

I just found out that an MTV was made for the song sung by Yue Ling and Le Zhi Xi in Ghost Husband. Personally, I think they should've made an MTV for Yue Ling's solo song instead. I thought that song was much better than the duet song.

Note: Just because I appear to 'bag' Hei Hin's character, it doesn't necessarily mean I don't like him or the actor who played him. Actually, I thought Hei Hin was fabulous. Before the fire, I thought Hei Hin was quite a courageous fellow. He wasn't afraid to admit that he wanted something and actually act upon that thought to go and get it - yeah I know, a very crude way to describe the romantic pursuit of his lady love. He was also very emotionally expressive; something that I percieve as a 'taboo' for males. After the fire though, I think Hei Hin went a bit too far.

I've just remembered this one scene in the Mandarin version that sticks out like a sore thumb, because it seems sooo inconsistent with the point of the story. I mean, Ghost Husband is supposed to be a tragic love story, where Hei Hin obviously loves Lok Mei and vice versa. But, in this scene where Hei Hin is attempting to 'spare his wife more pain' by getting rid of her, he:

1. Throws Lok Mei with an unchecked amount of force at the front door. Now, it's a good thing this is not a Bao Gong episode, because this sort of action would usually lead to the victim smashing their head so hard against the door that they'd die with the impact.

2. Grabs Lok Mei in a headlock and proceeds to literally throttle the life out of her, as he growls in her ear about how different his horrible, croaky voice is compared to the perfect Hei Hin.

3. Accuses Lok Mei of throwing herself at any man she crosses and being a potential adultress. This kind of insult to someone of Lok Mei's upbringing just goes way too far, especially when its obviously not true considering the present circumstances.

3. Accuses Lok Mei of being an uncaring and heartless mistress by indirectly being the cause of his dismissal due to her contant visitations.

Now if all the above actions are those of a 'loving' husband, there really must be a new definition I haven't heard about for the word 'loving'. How can Hei Hin who claims to love Lok Mei even more than his own life, possibly have the heart to hurt her so? I think at this instance, the old 'I'm doing it for her own good' spiel is an awfully weak justification. I mean, you can't use pain to relieve pain. Pain is not a drug, where the same substance will be able to treat its related withdrawal. Pain is cumulative. If Hei Hin causes Lok Mei even more pain, yes it's going to send her away, but right into the arms of death.


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