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.