Letters from the South
Nan fang lai xin
China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, 2013, 105 minutes
Letters from the South Synopsis

Six filmmakers of Chinese origin living within the Chinese diaspora in South-East Asia each made a short film to represent their feelings towards their homeland.


Among them, Aditya Assarat's Now Now Now relates a Chinese-Thai schoolgirl's meeting with her cousin from mainland China, Royston Tan's Popiah explores Chinese culinary traditions, while Tsai Ming-Liang's Walking on Water casts a contemplative reflection on the building in which he grew up. As a collection, Letters from the South offers a series of poetic meditations on Chinese diaspora that combine to present a broad perspective on Chinese cultural identities in Asia today.

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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
I find this collection of 6 short films a curious mix of interpretation with each of the directors putting in their own unique style. Two of the shorts lean towards... more
I find this collection of 6 short films a curious mix of interpretation with each of the directors putting in their own unique style. Two of the shorts lean towards a lighthearted tone, not outwardly hilarious but they lend a comedic sense, especially Singapore Panda. The rest of the shorts all have a serious and dramatic tone like Burial Clothes and Popiah but all of these shorts all have a similar theme: an ode to the Chinese side of the filmmakers,  a reflection of their Chinese identity, maybe even a celebration of it. For someone like me who has a different culture this collection of shorts is in fact an eye-opener.  Do try to check this out. 
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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Interesting to see a film like this that gives viewers a peek of a rich culture like the Chinese. These ponderings  come in various genres and depicts the thoughts of... more
Interesting to see a film like this that gives viewers a peek of a rich culture like the Chinese. These ponderings  come in various genres and depicts the thoughts of filmmakers like R. Tan, M. Z, A. Assarat, among others, on migration from your original homeland. I particularly liked the light treatment in  "Now, Now, Now", which is about a Chinese-Thai girl's thoughts of her cousin from the mainland China. Huang Lu as the cousin was boisterous and energetic as she was naughty. Lu who first gained attention in the film "Blind Mountain" is a regular in film fests like Cannes and here she portrays her role with ease, like she was just literally doing child's play. This collection of short films will pique your interest so don't dare miss it!  
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