Script Refining, Funds, Co-producer, Distribution Partner, Festival Screening
Ching seems to have it all: caring and understanding parents, kindred classmates, and even a pet tortoise. But beneath the surface of her seemingly perfect life, deep down she is on the verge of a breakdown.
“Sometimes you have to try so hard to make life look easy.”
Ching has caring and understanding parents who never pressure her to perform better when she receives average grades on exams. She has kind classmates who love her and always study with her. While her family and school life seem harmonious, this is not necessarily true for her inner world. Like her little pet tortoise, Ching maybe unclear about how she feels and struggles to come to terms with her emotions…
Director’s Statement 導演闡述
Student suicide is common in Hong Kong these days. Many attribute the cause to school-related stress and bullying, or stained family relationships.
As the spouse of an educational psychologist and a witness to the struggles of one of my family members with depression, I’ve come to realise that the reasons behind suicide are usually complicated. In fact, even students from loving families with good academic results and close relationships with peers at school may be susceptible to taking their own lives.
In this film, I do not aim to investigate the root cause of suicide. Rather, my focus is to present the mental state of people battling depression, and to enable the audience to feel and empathise with their struggles.
YEUNG King Lun 楊景麟
YEUNG is an audio-visual creator who graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He specialises in directing, editing and colour-grading.
In 2021, his directorial debut Moonshine won the ifva Gold Award (Open Category).
YEUNG has also worked closely with emerging Hong Kong young filmmakers in their film and short film projects.
HO Yuk Fai 何旭輝
HO graduated from The School of Film and Television at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a major in Cinematography. He was the executive producer of the Radio Television Hong Kong drama series Find Me Guilty.
In 2022, HO made his debut as a co-cinematographer on the feature film Fly Me To The Moon. His previous cinematographic works won the ifva Awards Gold Award and were nominated for the Golden Horse Best Short Feature. His directorial debut Eternal Sunshine won the Fresh Wave Best Director Award.
YEUNG Leung Chuen 楊兩全
YEUNG graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong majoring in Journalism and Communication. He won Best Director at Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival with The Bridge. His scriptwriting work Liu Yang He and Wild Child were awarded Best Picture at Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival, and Dark Room was selected at Locarno Film Festival for Academy screenings. His scriptwriting feature film Hong Kong Family was selected at Busan International Film Festival.
Film Unit / Production Company 影像單位 / 製作公司
MEH MONO CO.
MEH MONO CO. was established in 2018 with a passion for producing all kinds of independent and commercial videos, including short films, documentaries, TVCs, music videos, and more. We believe that genuine emotions are the most touching elements on the screen, and we strive to deliver them to audiences through beautifully crafted visuals that speak to the heart.
MEH MONO CO. 於2018年成立。公司致力於製作各類獨立及商業影片，涵蓋劇情短片、紀錄片、廣告、音樂錄像等。我們相信真摯的情感是銀幕上最動人的元素，並希望透過精緻的影像將其傳遞給觀眾。