Who ever said that being young was a walk in the park? Unrequited love and failing friendships, family gossip and racial stereo- types, curious cats and the inability to pee: the life of a young adult is full of pitfalls, quirks, loops, and many other challenges to navigate through in these modern times.
A Chink In The Armour
Baun Mah* | Canada | 2004 | Video | 25:00 | Color | Toronto Premiere
Are all Asian people good at math and kung fu? Gathering a large group of volunteers, Baun Mah tests six of the major Asian stereotypes. The results are comical while remaining insightful.
Baun Mah is currently in his final year in the Image Arts Film Program at Ryerson University, holding a previous degree in Biology from Queen’s University. He also runs his own graphic and web-based firm.
Richard Yum* | Canada | 2004 | DVD | 4:00 | Color
Paruresis is the social condition which results in the inability to pee in the presence of others. Two men in a public washroom exchange glances while trying to relieve themselves. Let the race begin!
Richard Yum is an aspiring filmmaker who is attempting to juggle the loves of his life: graphic design and film. He views short films as a method to gain valuable experience behind the camera before venturing into his first feature length film.
Will Curiosity Kill The Cat?
Tomoko Tomitaka & Tak Koyama | Canada | 2002 | Video | 3:00 | Color
A cat, a mouse, a dog, two people, and a box. Will curiosity kill the cat? Will curiosity kill them all?
Tomoko Tomitaka was born and raised in Japan. She graduated from Osaka City University with a BA in Philosophy. She is currently studying Fine Art at Queen’s University.
Tak Koyama was born and raised in Japan. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a MA in film/TV/radio production. While writing scripts for film companies, he makes his own short films, which have been screened at festivals worldwide.
Out For Bubble Tea
Desiree Lim | Canada | 2003 | Video | 16:00 | Color | Toronto Premiere
Who wants bubble tea? For May and her two girl friends, the local bubble tea house is the perfect spot for sharing gossip and the never-ending drama of each other’s lives. But May is currently the one most in need of advice: she recently moved in with her pretty girlfriend. Problem is: Her parents don’t know anything about it!
A culturally diverse hybrid who grew up in Malaysia and Japan, Vancouver-based Desiree Lim continues her karmic journey with her cross-gendered, cross-cultural shorts and debut feature “Sugar Sweet,” all of which have been shown at film festivals across North America, Europe and Asia.
The Red Ribbon
Taien Ng-Chan* | Canada | 2004 | Video | 5:00 | Color | Toronto Premiere
According to an old Chinese fairytale, the god of love and marriage unites lovers by tying their feet together with a red ribbon. This is the story of a young woman who wakes up one day to find a red ribbon tied to her foot and decides to see what she’ll find at the end.
Taien Ng-Chan is a Montreal-based writer and filmmaker. Taien has written drama for both stage and screen and has had three radio plays and a short documentary series produced for CBC Radio.
Begin To Begin
Heejoo Yoon* | Canada | 2004 | Video | 20:00 | Color | Toronto Premiere
Some people say that guys and girls can never really be friends. But according to the women in Jake’s life, he’s their closest confidant … right up until the point where they find out that he likes them as more than just friends. Then he’s done … like dinner. Enough is enough. Determined to end the vicious cycle, Jake decides not to make any more female friends – that is, until Nicole comes into his life and throws him for another loop …
Selected screenings: 2004 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, 2004 Vancouver Asian Film Festival
In addition to being a director, Toronto-based Heejoo Yoon works as a director of photography on narrative shorts, music videos and commercials.
*Directors in attendance