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-Food-Inspired Hungry Ghosts

I had no idea that Anthony Bourdain had created a graphic novel, but he did. It was called HUNGRY GHOSTS and was “inspired by the violence [Bourdain] had seen in kitchens through[out] his career.” Huh. That makes two connections to the world of revenants to which Bourdain could lay claim. (He also dated Asia Argento, star of numerous genre efforts including her father Dario Argento’s take on DRACULA and George Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD.) The graphic novel is being turned into an animated film from the studio that brought us SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE.

HUNGRY GHOSTS should not be confused with the exquisite live-action film SEVENTH MOON, the title of which for some reason I can never remember. I had to do a google search to find it. This shouldn’t be taken as a commentary on the film’s quality, however. I loved the movie. It features the “hungry ghosts” of Chinese folklore, still feared even today in the land of the lotus and Lo Mein. This movie involves food, too, the tradition of leaving food out to feed and appease ghosts during the Chinese festival of Zhongyuan (alternately Yulanpen), which occurs during the seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar. (Hence the name of the movie that I can never seem to remember.)

TheCheezman • June 24, 2019


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