Tuan Hong was born in Derby, England, to parents who came as refugees from the Sino-Vietnamese war in 1980. He aims to create films that capture the beauty and cruelty of the human experience. He currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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AASB is the collective name of a group of artists based in Tokyo who have collaborated on a variety of projects, including a number of short films.
We aim to create and set free something that challenges values, sprouts ideas that provoke and spark debate, excite, and capture the beauty and the cruelty of the human experience.
No mean feat by any account, though it’s something that we must be conscious of in our best endeavours. How are we to awaken ideas in others if we are not being aware of our own actions.
Tuan Hong, The Red Seal and the ASSB Collective came to my attention via, Benjamin Beardsely, one of the actors featured in the short independent film. Ben shared the film with me. The film is beautifully shot. The story is mysterious. I discussed my thoughts with Tuan. Here is part of an exchange; Tuan said he was okay with me sharing.
Your film is poetic and the cinematography is breathtaking. I've never been to Japan. And of course, I've seen lots of movies. However, I can't say I've seen a Japanese film with the type of interiors that you showcase in your film. There is something about the mystique we may have for a foreign country vs its actual existence and movement through time.
I feel blessed to have worked with a pair of very talented cinematographers. I have them to be thankful for the beautiful images. It was one of our intentions to not make the film feel as though it was not filmed in a certain place, hence the extensive use of close ups.
I agree that there is definitely a conflict between how we perceive the known world and what it actually is. I feel that most of the art accepted by the mainstream is generally very orderly and predictable, it seems to be a retort to how the world really is, surreal, contradictory, and far weirder than we can imagine.
I feel most people are afraid of this notion and choose art that comforts them from this truth.
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