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GHOST SONATA: THE WINGED BRIDGE

What to know: Lu Zhang, a master cellist stuck a century in the Governor Hotel of Portland as a ghost, awaits his love, Blossom, a French-Chinese ballerina from Shanghai.
GHOST SONATA: THE WINGED BRIDGE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
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JAMIE READ
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This film could broaden a child's global perspective and promote balanced appreciation of others. It could also encourage children to improve their own self esteem and positive self worth. This is not your typical ghost story. It's very interesting and pulls together cultures, demonstrating how people are basically the same throughout time, pursuing love and showing appreciate for arts such as cooking, sculpture and music. At first, it is a bit confusing and difficult to understand what is going on in the story. However, with the actual visuals, this should not be a problem. You quickly get a sense of what is happening in the story even though some of the shifts in time and characters are a bit confusing. The middle section shows how the ghosts and the boy come to be a team working together to find the lost loved ones. The pacing is very good. You want to get to the end so you can find out what happened, yet you are interested enough in what's going on in the middle that you don't feel it is dragging. Even though the characters are ghosts, you still connect with them at a human level. The characters are easy for kids to relate to, especially the boy who isn't so good at social communication. The richness of the characters is one of the greatest strengths of the screenplay. You feel connected to all of the characters, even the ones who are not main characters like the mother. The dialogue is easy to follow, pretty natural and believable. It might inspire children to look deeper into personal issues that they face. I love the richness of culture from music to dance to art that is represented in the script.
Lu Zhang, a master cellist stuck a century in the Governor Hotel of Portland as a ghost, awaits his love, Blossom, a French-Chinese ballerina from Shanghai. An American boy with Asperger's and a ghost Chinese girl help Lu find Blossom in Paris.
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