Bright Spring Days
Dir: Yeh Ka-lun / 2018 / 25’
When her son returns to Hong Kong for a brief stay, Kuen, a singer in an old-fashioned club, has a rare opportunity to reconnect with him. When Kuen's colleague asks them to mind and tutor her child, the pair see reflections of themselves in another mother-son pair. Featuring some tender family scenes and some community drama, and ending with a bitter song, Bright Spring Days manages to layer a range of social topics into the narrative with a gentle touch.
These include everything from study pressure to cultural changes in Kuen’s increasingly outdated workplace.
Screenwriter and director Yeh Ka-lun graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Dir: Ho Chung-ken / 2018 / 30’
After he fails to cry in a minor acting job, and facing pressure from non-approving parents, an aspiring performer rethinks his career choice. But things start to change when a friend hands him a screenplay that uncannily matches his real life. Featuring fine production values and a quality turn from its lead actor, Fires blends compelling personal drama with surreal scenes as it touches on the pressure to succeed in Hong Kong. It also highlights how elders do not value work in the arts.
Director and co-writer Ho Chung-ken graduated from the School of Film and Television of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in directing. He works as a freelancer in advertising, corporate video and short film production and editing.
Dir: Lam Hei-chun/ 2018/ 24’
Following the death of his wife, an electrical engineer becomes stuck in a cycle of night-shift work away from his young daughter. The girl tries to come to terms with his absence, and she hopes her dad can be with her for the Mid-Autumn Festival – a time for families to be together and, she is told, a moment when a traditional fire dragon dance can cure afflictions. Viewers feel sympathy for the girl as she fends for herself. Goodbye’s snapshot of a grass-roots struggle for a quality work-life balance is an effective affair, and it plays up parallels to good effect (dad fixes street lights, yet can’t replace a bulb at home).
Writer and director Lam Hei-chun holds a degree in Applied Social Sciences from the City University of Hong Kong.