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An experimental film based on Chinese medicine and Daoist theory.
2/5

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Written and directed by Ariel He and Janice Gu, ‘Return’ is an intimate experimental art film that explores an out-of-the-ordinary technique to convert jewelry into the mineral jade. Mankun Guo portrays the sole character, who utilizes pathways on her physique to propel the process. The film is briefly animated with black and white cinematography throughout (excluding the vibrancy of the Jade color). Viewers may be perplexed by the unorthodox narrative – which is based on Chinese medicine and Daoist theory – but the entire viewing experience is undeniably alluring.

The 12-minute short, an excessive runtime that could be cut in half, opens with the central protagonist preparing the procedure. After seemingly pouring and consuming candle wax, she follows the instructions for the alteration. Dialogue is omitted with a knee-high sound track – which may disengage viewers. The film runs at a trying pace that is equally disjoining.

With appreciation and respect, Ariel He and Janice Gu have crafted an intriguing tale that is influenced by their Asian culture and practices. In spite of the unexciting narrative, Mankun Guo delivers a reasonable performance throughout, albeit humdrum. Technically, the film is nicely shot with quality cinematography throughout. The poetic film, which showcases themes of spirituality, art and culture, would benefit from a slimmer runtime to keep viewers enchanted.

Brief Synopsis

Based on and inspired by Chinese medicine and Daoist theory of self-care and immortality, the film explores the symbiotic relationship between human and jewelry. The plot follows the protagonist wishing to transform a piece of jewelry into jade through massaging the meridians on her body. Within an enclosed, fictional, and intimate space, the jewelry feeds on the protagonist, forming its own consciousness.
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Credits

Director(s): Ariel He, Janice Gu
Writer(s): Ariel He, Janice Gu
Cast: Mankun Guo
Producer(s): Ariel He, Janice Gu
Director of Photography: Ariel He
Animation: Ariel He

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Runtime: 12 min

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Return

An experimental film based on Chinese medicine and Daoist theory.
2/5

Review

Written and directed by Ariel He and Janice Gu, ‘Return’ is an intimate experimental art film that explores an out-of-the-ordinary technique to convert jewelry into the mineral jade. Mankun Guo portrays the sole character, who utilizes pathways on her physique to propel the process. The film is briefly animated with black and white cinematography throughout (excluding the vibrancy of the Jade color). Viewers may be perplexed by the unorthodox narrative – which is based on Chinese medicine and Daoist theory – but the entire viewing experience is undeniably alluring.

The 12-minute short, an excessive runtime that could be cut in half, opens with the central protagonist preparing the procedure. After seemingly pouring and consuming candle wax, she follows the instructions for the alteration. Dialogue is omitted with a knee-high sound track – which may disengage viewers. The film runs at a trying pace that is equally disjoining.

With appreciation and respect, Ariel He and Janice Gu have crafted an intriguing tale that is influenced by their Asian culture and practices. In spite of the unexciting narrative, Mankun Guo delivers a reasonable performance throughout, albeit humdrum. Technically, the film is nicely shot with quality cinematography throughout. The poetic film, which showcases themes of spirituality, art and culture, would benefit from a slimmer runtime to keep viewers enchanted.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

Based on and inspired by Chinese medicine and Daoist theory of self-care and immortality, the film explores the symbiotic relationship between human and jewelry. The plot follows the protagonist wishing to transform a piece of jewelry into jade through massaging the meridians on her body. Within an enclosed, fictional, and intimate space, the jewelry feeds on the protagonist, forming its own consciousness.
Return Short Film

Credits

Director(s): Ariel He, Janice Gu
Writer(s): Ariel He, Janice Gu
Cast: Mankun Guo
Producer(s): Ariel He, Janice Gu
Director of Photography: Ariel He
Animation: Ariel He

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Runtime: 12 min
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