I guess filmmakers' obsession with our Lunar Seventh Month, or the Hungry Ghosts Festival, isn't going to let up. We had a flat out commercial horror movie with Kelvin Tong's The Maid set during the Month, and a subculture of the Month being the backdrop for the local box office musical-drama 881 by Royston Tan. This year, a feature length documentary will be hitting our screens come 7th August, and if the stills are to be believed, then the documentary is likely to cover a wide spectrum about the festival on the whole.
Here's the synopsis by director Tony Kern:
Every year in parts of Asia during the seventh lunar month it is believed that the gates of Hell are opened and all the souls are set free to wander the earth. At this time many spirits roam around trying to fulfill their past needs, wants and desires. These are the "hungry ghosts." Many religious rituals and folk performances, such as street operas, take place during the seventh lunar month in order to try and appease the spirits. A MONTH OF HUNGRY GHOSTS is my documentary of this event.