Yesterday, a new trailer was released for Paramount’s upcoming Asian remake of Ghost. I’m pretty sure most people are fairly familiar with the original 1990 Hollywood version starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, so it makes more sense to go over the differences—most of which are made glaringly obvious in the new footage.
First and foremost, genders are reversed as Nanako Matsushima is actually playing the business executive/ghost Nanami in this version. South Korean actor Seung-heon Song portrays her grieving widower, a ceramic artist named Joon-ho. In lieu of Whoopi Goldberg’s sassy scam artist turned legit medium, Oda Mae Brown, we have veteran actress Kirin Kiki‘s sassy factor still indeterminate. And finally, instead of receiving her poltergeist lessons from a wild-eyed subway ghost of dubious mental stability, Nanami is instead tutored by a cute little girl at the hospital.
Artistic license, or completely arbitrary changes made for the sake of making changes? Moviegoers will get a chance to decide that for themselves when the film is released in Japan on November 13, 2010.