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Absence

China 2023 102min DCP Color feature Fiction 15
Overview

Yu returns to his hometown on Hainan Island after ten years in prison and tries to rekindle his relationship with his ex-lover, Hong. Hong’s plan to buy an apartment forces them to face predicaments in sight while tenacious perseverance empowers them to carry on with their lives and make up for each other’s absence.

Review

Absence is based on the short film of the same title directed by director WU Lang, a former architect. The film follows Han Jiangyu, who returns to his home turf of Hainan Island in southern China after ten years in prison. It adds social drama to the underlying melodramatic sentiment. The story of Han Jiangyu reuniting with his ex-girlfriend, Su Hong, and becoming a family with her child, Yao, is on one axis; the other axis tells a story about the property boom. Han Jiangyu and Su Hong's reunion and sharing of their feelings is described romantically, though sadly. On the other hand, the town Hainan could be seen as another protagonist in the film. The spatial differences between the downtown, where high-tech buildings line the street, and new apartments are being built everywhere, contrasting with the outdated suburb where Su Hong lives, implies the film's theme. The most significant factor in this film is actor Lee Kang-seng, who plays Han Jiangyu. His impression of revealing the traces of a hard life shows the protagonist's presence, who keeps going on with his new life regardless of many scars. (MOON Seok)

CREDIT
  • DirectorWU Lang
  • ProducerDUN He
  • ScreenplayWU Lang
  • CinematographyDENG Xu
  • MusicDING Ke
  • EditorQIN Yanan
  • SoundLI Danfeng
CastLEE Kang-Sheng, LI Meng, REN Ke
FILM SOURCE
Rediance ㅣ jing@rediancefilms.com
DIRECTOR
WU Lang 
Born in 1991, China. Absence (2023) is his debut feature. His last short film Absence (2021) was selected for the Short Films Competition of the Cannes FF.
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