Photo of Emmy-award winning actress Elisabeth Moss via HBO
Photo of Emmy-award winning actress Elisabeth Moss via HBO

Think about it—I might be right.

It’s hard to tell what’s even happening in the the trailer for Tokyo Project, an “HBO short film presentation” executive produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, starring Elisabeth Moss, Ebon Moss-Bacharach, and the city of Tokyo. But almost everything I do know about this leads me to believe that Elisabeth Moss, platinum blonde and clad in a leopard print faux-fur coat, is a ghost.

Via Indiewire, here’s the official synopsis: “On a business trip to Tokyo, Sebastian explores the city with a mysterious woman he keeps running into wherever he goes, discovering heartbreakingly that the truth, and the past, are as elusive as love.”


That description is vague enough for me to ascertain that maybe, just maybe, Elisabeth Moss, the “mysterious woman” who is also possibly “elusive,” is definitely a ghost. She’s a photographer named Claire—one who takes pictures of “perfect things, imperfect things.” Moss-Bacharach, best known as Desi in Girls, is some sort of businessman named Sebastian who wears a brown suit and wanders around Tokyo. They interact only with each other from what I can tell, which is definitely something that ghosts and the people who see them do.The only other evidence I have are the brief bits of dialogue from the trailer, the most damning of which is the following exchange.

“I haven’t been myself,” Moss says. “Sometimes I feel like a ghost.”

“She’s there, but she’s not,” Moss-Bacharach says.

Thought it would be exceedingly obvious for Moss to actually be a ghost, I’m sorry to say that all evidence points to the fact that yes, she is indeed, a ghost. We can find out together on October 14 when Tokyo Project airs on HBO.

Managing Editor, Jezebel

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I grew up in Italy and movies like this irk me soooo much. Oh, look at me, I’m a weird American in the middle of an existential crisis. But I’m in Japan, so poetic, so inspirational, shot of the lonely American in the subway, surrounded by millions of Japanese people. It’s the same with Eat, Pray, Love. I’ve never seen a non-American movie where people go on an inspirational and exploitative trip to America.