Critique of Film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a 91-minute documentary film about Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics, directed by Alison Klayman. Alison’s shooting last for almost three years from November 2008 to June 2011, covering most of Ai’s significant activities in China and overseas during that period.

As Alison said in an interview, she hopes her audience can get to know Ai as person, “going behind the headlines and the iconography”, and know more about contemporary China. The film also shows individual courage, the power of social media, why rules of law, and transparency and freedom of expression are important to any society.

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City Animals

5-minute film as visual storytelling sequence for Documentary Film Production course.


Location: Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Central
Date: Feb 15-16, 2017
Camera: Nikon D5500, Panasonic GH4

The creatures of Hong Kong come together in the city zoo. The short film shows the contrast between the busy humans in the city centre and the peaceful turtles, lively birds and playful monkeys at the zoo. At the same time, if you look closely, the film also shows many similarities between the creatures.

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Social Change Leads Chinese People to Religions

3-minute film as Human Interest story for Video News Production course.

Location: Admiralty & Central & Causeway Bay & HKU, Hong Kong
Date: Nov 13-27, 2016
Camera: Panasonic GH4

Contemporary social change leads an increasing number of Chinese people to religions. Although Mainland China doesn’t have a religion environment as free as that of Hong Kong, more Chinese people have started their spiritual search.

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My students in Sandui

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Location: Sandui Junior High School, Guangyuan, Sichuan Province
Date: April 22, 2016
Camera: Ricoh GR

Sandui is a small town in Guangyuan, Sichuan Province. I lived there for two months to shoot for my graduation project – a documentary film about the left-behind children. Photo was taken by one of my students there.

三头六臂 Superhuman

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Location: Tokyo Metro, Japan
Date: Aug 1, 2016
Camera: Ricoh GR

“三头六臂” is a Chinese word, which refers to people with three heads and six arms (like Nezha (哪吒), a protection deity in Chinese folk religion, formed from a lotus); it represents superhuman powers.