More Than the Money: China’s Short Films Take on the Existential

SIMONE ERASMUS-LAM
May 19, 2011
*Special to asia!

If the popular success of China’s made-for-the-web short films is anything to go by, the Chinese post-80s generation may be doing serious soul-searching in a time of unprecedented economic growth.

 

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Last year’s “Old Boy” and its theme of chasing dreams ignited public debate; this year, Chinese short film“Winner”- also known as “The Ultimate Winner” (and not to be confused with a different movie) - has made ripples in China’s short film genre, garnering several million views since its upload in April. Like “Old Boy”, “Winner” takes on existentialist questions, in this case exploring a wealthy man’s mid-life crisis. Both films were made by the actor-directors duo, Chopsticks Brothers.

 

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Images from: ChinaSMACK

Simone ErasmusWhen she isn't writing children's storybooks or expounding on food, Simone can be found in the kitchen, concocting fiery curries or bravely attempting layers of genoise. She has written for The Business Times Singapore, and also contributed to research in arts and culture across the region at the National University of Singapore. She is currently writing a series of books for preschoolers, to be published soon to the iPhone and iPad.

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