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Red Lantern

A heartfelt journey of self-discovery and artistic resilience amidst the finale of a play.
4/5

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Sangeetha Gowda and Marshall-Weishuai Yuan collaborate to deliver a poignant exploration of identity, hope, and artistic resilience in their short drama film. Yuan, who stars as the protagonist Alex, skillfully portrays the internal struggles of a young playwright and actor grappling with self-doubt exacerbated by the absence of his immigrant father. Gowda’s presence as a supportive confidante adds depth to the narrative, showcasing the importance of meaningful connections in the face of adversity.

The film beautifully captures the emotional crescendo of Alex’s life, focusing on the finale of his play where the wounds of his strained relationship with his father come to the forefront. Yuan’s breakdown mid-performance becomes a powerful and raw moment, reflecting the profound impact of familial ties on one’s sense of self. Seth Pang’s portrayal of Alex’s younger self adds a nuanced layer, offering a touching ode that becomes the catalyst for renewed stamina and confidence.

Gowda and Yuan adeptly weave themes of culture and identity into the fabric of the story, creating a narrative that resonates on a universal level. The commendable performances, coupled with Ben Lawford’s cinematography, elevate the film to a standard of quality that leaves a lasting impression. This short drama is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of embracing one’s history and dreams.

Brief Synopsis

On the finale night of a play he has self-financed, Alex questions if years spent pursuing a dream with little success and the fractured relationship with his immigrant father, have been worth the sacrifice.
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Director(s): Sangeetha Gowda
Writer(s): Marshall-Weishuai Yuan, Sangeetha Gowda
Cast: Almitra Mavalvala, Malek Domköc, Marshall-Weishuai Yuan, Sangeetha Gowda, Serena Chen, Seth Pang
Producer(s): Marshall-Weishuai Yuan, NOAH Films, Sangeetha Gowda
Director of Photography: Ben Lawford
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Runtime: 9 min

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Red Lantern

A heartfelt journey of self-discovery and artistic resilience amidst the finale of a play.
4/5

Review

Sangeetha Gowda and Marshall-Weishuai Yuan collaborate to deliver a poignant exploration of identity, hope, and artistic resilience in their short drama film. Yuan, who stars as the protagonist Alex, skillfully portrays the internal struggles of a young playwright and actor grappling with self-doubt exacerbated by the absence of his immigrant father. Gowda’s presence as a supportive confidante adds depth to the narrative, showcasing the importance of meaningful connections in the face of adversity.

The film beautifully captures the emotional crescendo of Alex’s life, focusing on the finale of his play where the wounds of his strained relationship with his father come to the forefront. Yuan’s breakdown mid-performance becomes a powerful and raw moment, reflecting the profound impact of familial ties on one’s sense of self. Seth Pang’s portrayal of Alex’s younger self adds a nuanced layer, offering a touching ode that becomes the catalyst for renewed stamina and confidence.

Gowda and Yuan adeptly weave themes of culture and identity into the fabric of the story, creating a narrative that resonates on a universal level. The commendable performances, coupled with Ben Lawford’s cinematography, elevate the film to a standard of quality that leaves a lasting impression. This short drama is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of embracing one’s history and dreams.

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Brief Synopsis

On the finale night of a play he has self-financed, Alex questions if years spent pursuing a dream with little success and the fractured relationship with his immigrant father, have been worth the sacrifice.
Red Lantern Short Film

Credits

Director(s): Sangeetha Gowda
Writer(s): Marshall-Weishuai Yuan, Sangeetha Gowda
Cast: Almitra Mavalvala, Malek Domköc, Marshall-Weishuai Yuan, Sangeetha Gowda, Serena Chen, Seth Pang
Producer(s): Marshall-Weishuai Yuan, NOAH Films, Sangeetha Gowda
Director of Photography: Ben Lawford
Animation:

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Country:
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Year:
Runtime: 9 min
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