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Requiem for Romance

Shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Awards Best Animated short category, a story of kung-fu and forbidden love inspired by Shanghai's past.

2012 | 5 - 10 | Animation | Canada | Drama | Love

A couple’s break-up call in voice-over. The images show us a man and a woman fighting, dabbing each other in a distant and mythical China. Are they, perhaps, the same people we’re hearing on the phone?  Is their love, though still alive, slowly coming to an end? In this touching short, Jonathan Ng blended traditional animation with more contemporary effects, playing on the contrast between classic and modern. The chinese family, strongly attached to traditional values, is set to take control of its daughters love life, trying to Keep her away from a boy that’s deemed not worthy. We don’t know when this story is taking place. The phone conversation could set us in our modern day, but the discussed topics take us back to long-gone times. However, the director might just want to revisit universal stories of legendary love. Every element of the film continuously wrap around themselves, old and new blend together, both in the story and in the images. We’re suspended on a timeline that is neither past nor present, but both things together at once. A delicate reflection on what has been the greatness and the contradictions of that far East that’s so fascinating and mysterious.

Lovely soundtrack too:  The Forest (main theme);  After the River (end credits).

Andreina Di Sanzo

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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