Originally a collaborative project to help the finances of LI Han-Hsiang’s film company in Taiwan, Four Moods includes the most well-known Sinophone filmmakers outside Mainland China of that period. Inspired by early modern literature and Peking Opera, this film creates a world in which humans live alongside the deceased. With its detailed and well-considered portrayals of men and ghosts, it reveals the greed and desire of a human nature. Far from a modern invention, this story-telling approach follows the literary tradition that started in early modern period in China. Cinema enriches and amplifies this intellectual tradition though by introducing many cinematic experiments that still look fresh to audiences today.