Video Review: Halsey “Ghost”

As it approaches 10 pm in downtown Tokyo, Halsey, in a sea green wig, looks up at the screen on the skyscraper and then walks away. In a hotel room, with a neon rose, Halsey traces her girlfriend’s skin and they kiss. On the bed, they make out.. Her girlfriend touches her head and then turns away. Halsey touches her girlfriend’s thigh and pulls back a strand of her girlfriend’s pink wig. After making love, they have a pillow fight.

Halsey looks into the aquarium, watching the fish move around. Her girlfriend points out the different fish for her, teaching her about their habits.

As they spoon, her girlfriend is wide awake, knowing the end is coming. In the morning, they wake up, both wearing white t-shirts. Her girlfriend says she has to go. From downstairs, she watches her girlfriend leave in a cab, not even bothering to look back.

Alone in the hotel room, Halsey looks out the window. She looks at the pillow on the floor and the crumpled sheets. She thinks of the night before. In the heart-shaped bath, she touched her girlfriend’s face and then hopped in with her. They made love again. Now, she sits in it by herself, her hands across her chest and sighs. With her hand on the window and face pressed against the glass, she tries to see if her girlfriend is anywhere in the city.

From inside the hotel room, present day, Halsey, in a longer sea green wig thinks of what happened the last time she visited Tokyo.

 

Rating: 5/5

It’s inspired by Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” but takes it own independent path from the story. Halsey finds someone in Tokyo who cares for her. But the person is only temporary and returns back home. Meanwhile, Halsey stays in the country alone, unable to get past that moment.

The intensity of Halsey’s emotions is apparent, as they share a strong connection. But it doesn’t change the circumstances. In the end, it’s just her and her memories. Every time she is in the city, she has to visit the hotel room and looks around her for her lover on every corner.

Director: Malia James  Year: 2015

 

 

 

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