An Asian Ghost Story

An Asian Ghost Story

  • Hong Kong
  • Netherlands
  • DCP

An Asian Ghost Story


This film is about haunting memories of Asia's late 20th-century modernisation, beginning with a 1965 United States embargo on the hair trade, known as the 'Communist Hair Ban'.   

'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-oriented industrialisation. Between Mao's China—the largest source of hair supplies, and the insatiable Western market, Hong Kong functioned as the gateway. In 1965, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed an embargo on "Asiatic hair" to cut off foreign currency to Communist China in the hair trade. The highly racialized category of "Asiatic hair" was later revised as "communist hair," to enable the wig industry to develop in U.S. allies, including mainly South Korea and Japan, which led to a significant reconfiguration of light industry in East Asia. Departing from the moment of the communist hair ban, through stories of movement, diaspora and migration, this project examines the role of Hong Kong as a transient space that mediates and sanitises the connection between different worlds. The relationship between U.S. Imperialism and East Asia order in the Cold War era.' - WANG Bo  

Festivals & Awards
2023 New:Vision Award, CPH:DOX
2023 Golden Dove Award, DOK Leipzig
Director's Profile

An artist, filmmaker and researcher based in the Netherlands. His works have been exhibited internationally, including venues like the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York, Garage Museum in Moscow, Rotterdam Film Festival in the Netherlands, Visions du Réel in Switzerland, Image Forum Festival in Tokyo, DMZ Docs in South Korea, Times Museum in Guangzhou, Para Site in Hong Kong, among many others. He received a fellowship from the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2013 and was an artist-in-residency at ACC-Rijksakademie 2017-2018 and NTU CCA in 2016.

2012 China Concerto
2016 Traces of an Invisible City: Three Notes on Hong Kong
2016 The Wangs
2017 Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings
2019 Many Undulating Things
2019 Murmuring Debris and Leaves Silently Fall
2023 An Asian Ghost Story
Producer|Ruoyao Jane YAO
Scriptwriter/Editor|WANG Bo
Cinematographer|Yavuz Selim ISLER
Sound|Jeroen GOEIJERS
Print Source
Vines Films|


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