Written By

Synopsis: A lawyer who is killed in a car accident finds himself resurrected as a character in his daughter's novel.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Ka-Fai Wai
Production: Annex Film Group
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
85 min

If you spare my life,

I'll live it to the fullest.

If not, let me see my family.

Dad, where do people go after they die?

I don't know, Melody.

Dad, what's a ghost?

Well, some say they're the dead people

who can't leave those

who are still alive,

and they stay behind in this world.

Some say, ghosts are the imagination

of those who are alive,

refusing to believe

their loved ones are dead.

Dad, do you believe in ghosts?


There's an accident on Highway 3

at the Cheung Sha Wan Exit.

Yes, 2 adults and 2 kids.

Call an ambulance, now!




That day was November 11,1998,

I went blind.

Dad could no longer tell me

whether there're ghosts in this world.

He's dead.

Dad has been dead for a year,

Mom still agonizes over it.

She can't sleep at night,

playing Dad's favorite song at the piano,

but only gets half way through every time.

Mom, don't cry...

I miss your Dad so much.

Why doesn't he come back?

What could I've done at this age?

I wish there were ghosts,

and Mom could see Dad.

Time flies and a decade has passed.

I'm in college studying literature

hoping to become a writer.

Mom has gone back to college,

taking one subject after another.

Dad, I won a championship again.

Honey, I've graduated.

Mom has got another PhD, so great!

Mom, don't cry.

I still miss your Dad a lot.

Time has healed nothing.

I'm not a kid any more

and I've got to help Mom.


Sorry, Mom can't sleep.

Mom, I want to write a novel,

about us.

The world in the novel would be

the exact opposite of the real world.

Dad didn't die but went blind,

we would be dead.

And there would be ghosts in that world.

We would make Dad...

live again in the other world.

In that accident, Dad has gone blind.

but we were killed.

Dad missed us so much

that he wished ghosts were real.

Dad is blind and by himself,

I want a Philippines maid

to take care of him.

Maria will take care of Dad just like Mom.

Maria is not that pretty.

Maria is not pretty

and she is scared of ghosts.

Get a puppy to accompany Dad.

Oscar has turned into a puppy

to stay with Dad.

Mom's coming back soon to cook for Dad.

A novel can fulfill

the dreams of the readers.

And the writer can come

to terms with her own pain.

I hope to write a novel

and heal Mom's pain,

and help reunite her with Dad.


There's an accident on Highway 3

at the Cheung Sha Wan Exit.

Yes... 2 adults and 2 kids.

Call an ambulance, now!

That day was November 11 1998.

I can't hear from wife and kids,

and can't give Melody the answer.

Do I believe there're ghosts?

Cos they're dead.

Time flies and a year has passed.

Maria is the Philippines maid

that takes care of me.

The place I visit most frequent

is the cemetery.

I wish there were ghost in this world,

my wife and children will look for me.

Maria, what if it was me who died?

I don't know, sir.

Maria, who decides who will die?

I really don't know, sir.

Maria, can you see Mom?


It's getting late, let's go.

I'm scared.

Tell me when you see them, Maria.

Maria, I want to write a novel

where anything could happen.

There would be ghosts.

And madam, Melody and Oscar

would all come back.

Our family would be back together.

Stove on, ventilator spinning,

lights on.

My wife is back.

Man and ghost are just

A hand of fate will toss it,

and the sides keep flipping.

Heads and tails

are always on opposite sides.

Man and ghost are on different paths.

And the pain lasts into eternity.

Why are you cooking so late?

Sir, what're you cooking so late at night?

Sir, your favorite dish.

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