Kiss & Spell

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Vietnam | 2017 | 113 minutes | Stephane Gauger

When a ghost-fearing magician falls for his staffer, who happens to be haunted by her dead best friend, he must face his fears while convincing her he'd make an excellent boyfriend.

Spellbinding hilarity ensues when a magician, who is deathly afraid of ghosts, falls for a girl haunted by them in this surreal Vietnamese romcom from late writer/director Stephane Gauger (Saigon Electric, SIFF 2011), who tragically passed away during post-production. Tung is at the height of his career making audiences believe in ghosts, ironically his own phobia. He's smitten by a member of his staff, Phuong, who's quietly lonely and refuses to go out with the production team; instead of friends, she has dinner parties at home with a giant teddy bear while FaceTiming her mother and fitness-obsessed sister. After Tung and crew finally coax Phuong out for drinks, she drunkenly reveals that ghosts haunt her everyday life and everyone close to her, hence her hermit ways. Tung laughs her story off…until Phuong's ghosts start following him to scare him off from his romantic pursuits. In a quirky clash of fear and attraction, Tung and Phuong embark on a quest to free her from the ghosts of friendships past and their curse of loneliness. A remake of the Korean hit Spellbound, this jovial comedy-horror-romance delivers heart and laughter by the bellyful.

Director Biography
Born in Saigon, raised in Orange County, California, then having moved to Vietnam in 1994 to assist on his first major film set, Stephane Gauger's may have looked like a tall western white man, but his body of work is acclaimed for distinctly representing Asian culture. Though having passed in January of 2018 from a heart attack, he was incredibly optimistic about the rise of the Vietnamese film industry, citing its increased diversity and range.

Sponsored by Greater Seattle Vietnam Association, Wild Ginger

  • Original Language Title: YÊU ĐI, ĐỪNG SỢ!
  • Director: Stephane Gauger
  • Principal Cast: Kiến Huy Ngô, Phương Nhã, Minh Tuấn Kiều, Hạ Anh Lê
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Vietnam
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 113 minutes
  • Producer: Thanh Huyền Hoàng
  • Screenplay: Nguyễn Thái Hà, Stephane Gauger
  • Cinematographers: Dominic Pereira
  • Editors: Stephane Gauger
  • Music: Timo Chen
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story (Doc) (2014); Saigon Electric (2011); Owl and the Sparrow (2007)
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: CJ Entertainment
  • International Sales: CJ E&M