In Chinese, the film is called Ai-Mei. The English title hasn't been finalised, but its likely to be something like "In-Between".
I didn't know anything of the story line - nor were we told very much other than its a kind of German-Taiwan love story- when I arrived on set. But after, when I googled the film, I read that it was inspired by Taiwan culture and tradition -especially Ghost Month.
Taiwanese people refer to the seventh lunar month as "Ghost Month" and call the first day of the month "Opening of the Gates of Hades," since it is believed that the gates of Hell are flung open on this day to allow the ghosts and spirits of the nether world into the world of the living for a bacchanal of food and wine.
One part of this ghost mythology especially interested Monika: the female revenge ghost. Women - traditionally oppressed in the Chinese society - are suddenly allowed to move freely in the world and exact retribution.
Ai-Mei tells the suspenseful story of an unusual love affair between two cultures and two cities.
Anyhow, my role in all of this is very minor. I am a crowd extra..one of about 20 extras that night, invited to a photo gallery in Taipei.
It was quite exciting arriving on the set. We had to bring 3 different possible outfits; and then a make up artist got us ready for the set.
We sat downstairs in the gallery (the set was on the ground floor) and waited. Had lots of tea. And waited. I realised (and I guess I already knew this) that film-making itself was not glamorous.
Anyhow, it was fun - just the novelty of it all. And I got to meet some interesting people also working as extras.
As I said, being in a film - however limited my role - is something I've always wanted to do. One of those things I wanted to do before I die... Then I was reminded by a friend there is a film called the Bucket List...starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman - about 2 terminally ill men on a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they die.
Personally, I dont want to wait until I'm old or terminally ill to do things that I have dreamed of doing.
I had a quick web search..there are all kinds of websites dedicated to "things to do before you die" including this one http://brass612.tripod.com/cgi-bin/things.html
I've done a lot of those things..and more.
How about you, my readers in blogsphere. Any unusual things you want to do while you are still young and healthy?
Maybe I will compile a top 10 after I get some replies...