This left-of-center love story from Hong Kong, set in Shanghai during the 1930s, follows the romance between a journalist and a beautiful ghost. The tale begins as Xu returns from an assignment in the West and stops to buy some matches at an isolated corner store so he can smoke his beloved Era cigarettes; it is very late at night. Suddenly a woman dressed in a black cheongsam quietly emerges from the darkness. She is hoping to buy some Era cigarettes. The two share a smoke and begin walking. As they amble, she informs him that she is a spirit. Daylight comes and Xu reads a headline about a man who killed himself after meeting a female ghost. Intrigued, Xu meets the woman the following night and returns to her home; there she tells him of her former husband. He returns to her home the next day, but she is nowhere to be found. They continue to meet and gradually Xu learns that her husband had been shot in the back, after which, she simply seemed to vanish. It takes more time, but eventually he solves the mystery of this most enigmatic woman.
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