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The Story of 90 Coins – by Michael Wong

A genre film about gender roles, and the experience of love through promise, misunderstanding and regret.

2015 | 5 - 10 | China | Live-Action | Love | Romance

Genre films are always a challenge as much as they are a threat. Especially in such explored topic as love, the combinations are limitless, often repetitive, rarely original. In the case of The Story of 90 Coins the story unfolds through a special promise of love and happiness made by one male passionate lover, Wang Yu Yang, to a seemingly reluctant girl, Chen Wen. Ninety coins symbolising ninety days the guy gives himself to convice the girl to marry him, each day trying to show her his true colours and prove his intentions.

Everything seems to go quite well as the two, in fact, fall in love. But times passes and the romance bubble deflates as reality breaks in with its daily routine, ambiguity, and uncomprehension. Will they be able to overcome this critical passage or will they put and end to what it started so pure and beautifully? Without spoiling the finale, the short warns: “Don’t let a promise just be a beautiful memory” which somehow invites to not surrender to the hard moments of love, which can be just inevitable passages, but to try to trust its capacity of resilience and re-launch it in a greater perspective. In sum, try not to kill something beautiful, you may regret for the rest of your life.

What’s interesting in this story is that the traditional male / female roles are inverted: the guy is the one passionte and dreamy, the one who’s looking up, the one’s being emotional and jealous. While she is the one who appears colder, cautious, and more interested to make career. In the end, this suggests that the experience of love can touch and affect people in many ways regardless their gender, that there are no fixed rules nor defined roles, but only human relationships and their peculiar way to develop.

The Story of 90 Coins is the debut short film of independent film director and an award winning Malaysian creative director Michael Wong. A first step towards pure filmmaking after 14 years of experience in advertising in leading agencies such as Ogilvy, BBDO, TBWA, Grey and Saatchi & Saatchi.


Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great food. My motto is: your motto.

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