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Monday, 11 September 2017

Short Film Review: THE STORY OF 90 COINS (2015)

Han Dongjun and Zhuang Zhiqi in THE STORY OF 90 COINS (2015)

THE STORY OF 90 COINS tells a love story about Wang Yuyang (Han Dongjun), who confesses his love to Chen Wen (Zhuang Zhiqi) one night. However, she seems reluctant about accepting his proposal. In order to prove his love to her, he asks for 90 days by handing her a total of 90 coins each day. If she agrees by then, he will pay for their marriage certificate.


REVIEW: At the time of writing, THE STORY OF 90 COINS has already won a large number of awards at the various independent film festivals since its release in 2015. It was no doubt a remarkable achievement, considering the short film marks the directorial debut for Malaysian-born and China-based Michael Wong.

Han Dongjun and Zhuang Zhiqi in THE STORY OF 90 COINS (2015)

Blessed with Jian Liwei's gorgeous cinematography, this short film is particularly stunning to look at. The two lovers, played by Han Dongjun and newcomer Zhuang Zhiqi are both photogenic while their overall performances are competent enough. Although THE STORY OF 90 COINS is designed as a short film, it has the elegantly cinematic feel that rivals to those seen in the like-minded feature-length romantic dramas. Given Wong's decades-long background as an ad agency art director and creative director, he sure knows how to craft an aesthetically beautiful picture.

However, Jackie Bai's screenplay which touches on the broken promise, love lost and rekindle love, is told in a superficial manner. Throughout its 10-minute length, the story tries to be both emotional and heartfelt. But it barely scratches beyond its surface-level storytelling.

Zhuang Zhiqi in THE STORY OF 90 COINS (2015)

Despite its shortcoming, THE STORY OF 90 COINS remains a promising debut for Michael Wong. Watch the full film right here.

Despite its surface-level storytelling, THE STORY OF 90 COINS still succeeds as a visually stunning and competently-acted romantic drama led by Han Dongjun and Zhuang Zhiqi.

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