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Distance
再見,在也不見

Opening Date
02 Jun 2016
Rating
PG13 Brief Nudity
Runtime
108 mins
Language
Mandarin - subtitles to be advised
Genre
Drama
Director
Xin Yukun, Tan Shijie, Sivaroj Kongsakul
Cast
Chen Bolin
Synopsis
A conflicted manager on a business trip is intrigued by an elderly worker and investigates his life.

A young father receives a letter that brings him to a foreign land, where old emotions come unburied.

A visiting professor from overseas sets a student's heart fluttering, while having to deal with his own.

Different characters, different relationships, the same humanity; stories about the distances between us and how we live with them.
Reviews
By Jason Lin  02 Jun 2016
Distance is a solid reminder of the true virtue of deep relationships that should be cherished in a society that promotes wide networks of shallow connections.
 
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In a world of advanced technology and communications, physical distance is no longer seen as a barrier today. Interpersonal relationships have likewise transformed from one that is genuine to one that is a mere façade to mask the cruel fact that people are emotionally distancing from one another.
 
Placing this at the very core is Distance, a collection of three short tales by three new filmmakers. Executive Producer Anthony Chen mentors all three to help orchestrate three different works into one that doesn’t feel distinctly jarring from one another thematically. This is something that isn’t commonly observed in other omnibus film productions.
 
With Taiwanese actor Chen Boling playing the central character of each of the three stories, Chinese filmmaker Xin Yukun begins with The Son - a nuanced close study of a young executive (played by Chen) who visits a Guangxi container terminal on a business trip to assess its feasibility.
 
Chancing upon a familiar elder who works at the terminal, his curiosity about the old man soon sends him probing his past to help him come to terms with his current woes with his love partner. Despite adopting an even undertone throughout the short film, its climax explodes into poignant emotions within viewers.
 
The second tale (The Lake) by Singapore filmmaker Tan Shijie visits a past kinship between two boys who used to spend time together by the lake. Opposed by one of the boys’ father, the two of them find themselves meeting only after several years later when one received letter notification about the other being sentenced to death in Singapore. This chapter addresses relationship distances that displace people through differences and death.
 
The only short film that has scenes of Singapore interestingly features the nation’s capital punishment, as the protagonist’s visit to Singapore went straight to Changi Prison. There was also a notable scene where a prison visit required uncomfortably strict security screening processes.
 
Final short film The Goodbye by Thai filmmaker Sivaroj Kongsakul enables a young academic Professor to rekindle his fondness for his teacher (played by Chinese actress Jiang Wenli). Social expectations and values have governed people against unconventional relationships such as one between a student and a teacher.
 
Albeit earning a sense of belonging in the society by going with the mass and against one’s heart, it is really where the heart yearns to be that one should comfortably settle for in seek of true happiness.
 
Distance is an admirable attempt to provide opportunities to young and promising filmmakers. We also get to visit interpersonal distances in today’s context where people are mere virtual connections to satisfy self-fulfilling needs. In a world of advanced technology and communications, physical distance is no longer seen as a barrier today. Interpersonal relationships have likewise transformed from one that is genuine to one that is a mere façade to mask the cruel fact that people are emotionally distancing from one another.
 
Placing this at the very core is Distance, a collection of three short tales by three new filmmakers. Executive Producer Anthony Chen mentors all three to help orchestrate three different works into one that doesn’t feel distinctly jarring from one another thematically. This is something that isn’t commonly observed in other omnibus film productions.
 
With Taiwanese actor Chen Boling playing the central character of each of the three stories, Chinese filmmaker Xin Yukun begins with The Son - a nuanced close study of a young executive (played by Chen) who visits a Guangxi container terminal on a business trip to assess its feasibility.
 
Chancing upon a familiar elder who works at the terminal, his curiosity about the old man soon sends him probing his past to help him come to terms with his current woes with his love partner. Despite adopting an even undertone throughout the short film, its climax explodes into poignant emotions within viewers.
 
The second tale (The Lake) by Singapore filmmaker Tan Shijie visits a past kinship between two boys who used to spend time together by the lake. Opposed by one of the boys’ father, the two of them find themselves meeting only after several years later when one received letter notification about the other being sentenced to death in Singapore. This chapter addresses relationship distances that displace people through differences and death.
 
The only short film that has scenes of Singapore interestingly features the nation’s capital punishment, as the protagonist’s visit to Singapore went straight to Changi Prison. There was also a notable scene where a prison visit required uncomfortably strict security screening processes.
 
Final short film The Goodbye by Thai filmmaker Sivaroj Kongsakul enables a young academic Professor to rekindle his fondness for his teacher (played by Chinese actress Jiang Wenli). Social expectations and values have governed people against unconventional relationships such as one between a student and a teacher.
 
Albeit earning a sense of belonging in the society by going with the mass and against one’s heart, it is really where the heart yearns to be that one should comfortably settle for in seek of true happiness.
 
Distance is an admirable attempt to provide opportunities to young and promising filmmakers. We also get to visit interpersonal distances in today’s context where people are mere virtual connections to satisfy self-fulfilling needs. Distance is a solid reminder of the true virtue of deep relationships that should be cherished in a society that promotes wide networks of shallow connections.
 
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