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The Gingko Bed

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Interweaving mythic and supernatural elements, writer/director Jacky (Jekyu) Kang’s The Gingko Bed dramatizes the tale of doomed lovers whose souls have transmigrated to, and remain trapped for over 1,000 years in, the expertly hand-carved wood of a gingko bed. The film proper begins in contemporary Seoul as 32-year-old college art instructor Su-hyun takes possession of the antique bed, oblivious to its tragic history, even as he reignites its drama. Soon beset with baffling impulses, hallucinatory visions, and terrifying nightmares, Suhyun struggles to understand his experiences.