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Asian Shorts: Family Matters
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25 September 2016 (Sun)

Col / 79' / In various languages with English subtitles, partially with Chinese subtitles 

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Yee Yun-ping’s Bro (Taiwan) sees the sister’s struggle in letting her mentally retarded brother meeting her fiancé. N Thilagan’s Tudung (Singapore) details clashes between a woman and her long lost sister in every single aspect of life. The old father in Jason Lee’s Closer Apart (Singapore) cannot get rid of lonesome when he feels neglected by his family. A young girl in Quek Shio-chuan’s Sun Flowers (Malaysia) struggles to give up her dream as makeup artist for her granny. These four family-themed shorts are recommended by Viddsee, an Asian online video platform dedicated to curate and promote short film programmes.


Work Introduction

Yee Yun-ping
Taiwan / Col / 13'54"/ In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

Xiao Jie is getting married soon, but there's a secret that she dare not tell her fiancé: her mentally retarded brother who is now living in Special Education Center. Today, she has made up her mind to introduce her brother to her fiancé. But things are not as easy as she thinks.


N Thilagan
Singapore/ Col / 18’07”/ In English with English subtitles

After the death of her father, a religious woman’s life is turned upside down when her long-lost sister returns home after five years, pregnant. Now, both sisters must reconcile their different views on life, family and religion if they are to live together.


Closer Apart
Jason Lee
Singapore / Col / 13'00"/ In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles 

Closer Apart is a heartwarming short film that highlights the importance familial ties through a subtle illustration of our inability to value the little things and people around us in the face of modernity. As the story unfolds, we see a father’s increasing drift from his family. The film reveals itself to be an authentic record of the joys, heartaches and frustrations of an ordinary Singaporean family.


Sun Flowers
Quek Shio Chuan
Malaysia / Col / 33'39"/ In Cantonese, Mandarin and English with Chinese and English subtitles 

A struggling makeup artist finally lands a job only to find that it's not makeup for the living. A girl who grew up with her grandmother gives up her dream to makeup for stage performers in a big city, but for the deceased in a small town.