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The Old Young Crow

A poignant tale of spiritual connection, grief, and companionship.
5/5

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Liam LoPinto‘s extraordinary short film unfolds as a mesmerizing blend of live-action and animation, delving into the profound spiritual connection between a young immigrant, Mehrdad, and a grieving mother. Narrated by the compelling Hassan Shahbazi, who portrays the older Mehrdad, and Naoto Shibata, embodying the younger version, the narrative beautifully captures the Iranian boy’s solace in sketching pivotal moments of his life to combat loneliness.

The heart of the story unfolds when Mehrdad finds unexpected companionship with a grief-stricken mother, portrayed by the poignant Keiko Yamashita, at a graveyard during one of his sketching sessions. The resulting tale is a poignant exploration that, on paper, could be haunting, yet it emerges as an endearing and beautifully executed narrative. The symbolic presence of the old and young crow weaves a thread through the storyline, adding depth to the emotional journey.

The entire production is a testament to skillful execution, featuring solid performances, multilingual dialogue (Japanese and Farsi with English subtitles), and exquisite hand-drawn animations that provide an intimate look into the young boy’s transformative journey. Liam LoPinto crafts a fantastic tale with fantastical elements, guaranteeing to captivate, intrigue, and warm the hearts of audiences with its emotional depth and visually stunning storytelling.

Brief Synopsis

In the twilight of his life, Mehrdad, now an elderly man, reminisces about his transformative journey from Iran to Japan, a poignant odyssey that began in the wake of his mother’s passing when he was just a young boy. His narrative unfolds around a heartwarming encounter with an elderly Japanese woman, forged amidst the hushed serenity of a graveyard and facilitated by the pages of his cherished sketchbook.
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Credits

Director(s): Liam LoPinto
Writer(s): Liam LoPinto
Cast: Hassan Shahbazi, Hitoshi Hinomizu, Keiko Yamashita, Naoto Shibata
Producer(s): Liam LoPinto
Director of Photography: Bai Xue, Liam LoPinto, Ryota Chida
Animation: Cain Pickens,Catharine Ren,Dax Wong,Drew Shields,Isa Hanssen,Liam LoPinto,Sumin Cho,Tynan Wilson

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The Old Young Crow

A poignant tale of spiritual connection, grief, and companionship.
5/5

Review

Liam LoPinto‘s extraordinary short film unfolds as a mesmerizing blend of live-action and animation, delving into the profound spiritual connection between a young immigrant, Mehrdad, and a grieving mother. Narrated by the compelling Hassan Shahbazi, who portrays the older Mehrdad, and Naoto Shibata, embodying the younger version, the narrative beautifully captures the Iranian boy’s solace in sketching pivotal moments of his life to combat loneliness.

The heart of the story unfolds when Mehrdad finds unexpected companionship with a grief-stricken mother, portrayed by the poignant Keiko Yamashita, at a graveyard during one of his sketching sessions. The resulting tale is a poignant exploration that, on paper, could be haunting, yet it emerges as an endearing and beautifully executed narrative. The symbolic presence of the old and young crow weaves a thread through the storyline, adding depth to the emotional journey.

The entire production is a testament to skillful execution, featuring solid performances, multilingual dialogue (Japanese and Farsi with English subtitles), and exquisite hand-drawn animations that provide an intimate look into the young boy’s transformative journey. Liam LoPinto crafts a fantastic tale with fantastical elements, guaranteeing to captivate, intrigue, and warm the hearts of audiences with its emotional depth and visually stunning storytelling.

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Read more about .

Brief Synopsis

In the twilight of his life, Mehrdad, now an elderly man, reminisces about his transformative journey from Iran to Japan, a poignant odyssey that began in the wake of his mother’s passing when he was just a young boy. His narrative unfolds around a heartwarming encounter with an elderly Japanese woman, forged amidst the hushed serenity of a graveyard and facilitated by the pages of his cherished sketchbook.
The Old Young Crow Short Film

Credits

Director(s): Liam LoPinto
Writer(s): Liam LoPinto
Cast: Hassan Shahbazi, Hitoshi Hinomizu, Keiko Yamashita, Naoto Shibata
Producer(s): Liam LoPinto
Director of Photography: Bai Xue, Liam LoPinto, Ryota Chida
Animation: Cain Pickens, Catharine Ren, Dax Wong, Drew Shields, Isa Hanssen, Liam LoPinto, Sumin Cho, Tynan Wilson
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