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Kenji Lui

Fundraising for post-production of my short film!!

***** We need HELP for post-production of our little short film!!!! We need your help to make our DREAM comes true!!!!*****

Production of our short film "Foreign Students" is currently complete. It is a low budget Asian American short aiming for film festival exposure.Synopsis: In San Francisco, the unexpected reunion of a rich Chinese international student and her nonchalant Taiwanese sister prompt them to reexamine the ultimate goal of studying abroad.

Director's statement: Chinese is a growing population in the US, and in recent years, more and more Chinese Americans are sharing their experience through the filmmaking media. However, most of these stories are told from the perspective of American born Chinese only, the lives of immigrants and foreign students are largely ignored. In mainstream society, the image of foreign students is especially obscure and inaccurate. This lack of representation prompted me and my actors to start this project. Through a series of in-depth research, observation and personal experience (most of our actors are foreign students themselves), we hope to present a film that depicts the genuine life of studying abroad in the US, and allows the audiences to learn more about this largely neglected overseas Chinese community.

For more details, please check out my kickstarter's page:

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Happy New Year

It has been ages since I last blogged.

This year I have been busier than before, working on various projects. After finishing a short film earlier the year, I began writing and making another short. As of now, it is still a work in progress.

Not much to share at this point yet, as I am still working hard on it.

Anyway, wish you guys a Happy New Year and every success in 2014.

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Fundraising for post-production

Please check out my indiegogo's fundraising page to find out more about my latest film and why money is needed to complete it! Your help is greatly appreciated.


This short film tells a story of two lonely hearts in San Francisco Bay Area. At a time when a great percentage of urban population relies heavily on social networks to communicate, it seems that a relationship can start and end on the internet instantly. Imagination becomes a key component of human bond. Does technology really bring us closer, or vice versa?What We NeedWe are almost done with shooting, and up until now, we have been spending our own money to cover all the production cost. The project started out small and casual so we didn't plan on spending too much in the beginning.

However, when the production moved on, we figured that the outcome, that is, the quality of our work is way higher than we expected, therefore, it began to force us to think more carefully about perfecting it.

We realize it'd be a little difficult to pay for the post-production expense ourselves as the scale of the project is escalating. That's why we decided to give indiegogo a try and see if we can raise some money to make it better. ###

Cost breakdown

A brief explanation of the areas we need money:

  • sound editing / design (We need to hire a sound expert to build up the soundtrack from scratches as we didn't spend too much time on sound recording during production)

  • special effects (There are few scenes that require special effects touch-up)

  • festival submission and participation (We plan to submit the film to various film festivals around the world, and hopefully attend some if possible)

  • promotional events and materials (We plan to produce some promotional materials, as well as organize some small screening events to promote the film)###Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that not everyone can contribute, but even if you can’t, please help us spread the words out and make some noise about our campaign. Thanks a lot

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second trailer of my work in progress

Second trailer of my work in progress...


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Teaser of Work in progress

Teaser trailer of a short film I am working on. Well, technically, it is more like an exercise, since the entire setup is very simple, just me and a few friends trying to experiment with our equipments and various cinematic language.

We spent a sunny afternoon shooting this one, and perhaps expect one or two more days to finish the rest.


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Support Yip Wun's new film "The Next Minute"!

If you are in Beijing, please support my friend Wun Yip's new film "The Next Minute"'s screening!  Both Wun and the producer Joe Lau are fellow AND artists!



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Ben Ainslie

I've been pretty busy working lately, not much to update...

came across four time Olympic golde medalist Ben Ainslie at the America's Cup event in SF, his team is competing at the tournament with ten other teams, including team from China...

I did ask him how he managed to maintain top form for such long period of time, i mean, winning four gold in four consecutive olympic is something that is difficult to surpass... (if you include the silver in 1996, that makes it five consecutive awards in 16 years...)

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A Sweet taste of freedom

Make a stand!

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Table Tennis Olympians: Ariel Hsing, Lily Zhang and Timothy Wang

The Olympic game is just right at the corner, last week I got to meet with a few US Table Tennis Olympians before they head to London in July: Ariel Hsing, Lily Zhang and Timothy Wang.

Ariel Hsing, the most charismatic and charming among the three, and she also did remind me of a Korean actress

Lily Zhang, the youngest

Timothy Wang, the tallest

All three of them are really nice, sincere and down to earth. All have unique stories that are inspiring and worth sharing. Ariel is lovely and  is filled with positive energy that really make people around her happy; Lily is young but really stay focused when playing; Timothy always shows a calm posture that naturally makes him the big brother of the trio.

I wish them all good luck at the Olympics, and yeah, I've certainly become their fans already! Perhaps it is time to think of doing a documentary soon. :)

(Yes, I know I look kinda strange in suit, it was partly for work, so that's why)

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How media controls what we see

It has been ages since I last posted an entry. I've been spending my time writing two screenplays and also working on a video project with some friends.

Anyway, my friends and I went to Oakland and shot some footage last week, it was partly for the project we are doing, and partly because we just wanted to learn more about what is happening after seeing/reading so much about the Occupy movement there.

In the Bay Area, Oakland is always the spotlight of the occupy movement, violent protest, conflicts, gun fights, we just read about it so much on the news, and in fact the day before we decide to go there to take a look, a murder case just happened near the camps and again it became the headline news.

so here below is the footage we shot and compiled (somehow it's in mandarin coz of the nature of our project):


After we went there, we understand why many people who used to support the original purpose of the movement now begin to show hatred toward the group. Just as what we expected, there were a lot of weird people camping there, homeless, drug addicts (there were strong smell of weeds in the entire area...), lunatics, tree lodgers, kids trying to sell snacks... When you saw these strange people hovering around the camps aimlessly, it began to make you doubt whether these people are really there for civil right movement, or simply for the free food and lodging...

But then, we also saw quite some people who are really disappointed with the current institution and decide to stand up and voice out their concerns there. There are all perfectly sane people in clean clothing and don't mind to reiterate intellectually the reason of their staying.

However, the interesting thing we witnessed is that the large amount of media people there just seemed to be only interested in finding weird people to interview... we saw two reporters intentionally approached a woman who is so obviously having mental problem, provoked her and ended up getting kicked out. (and this is mainstream media, not tabloids)

perhaps it's coz the event has been going on for quite a while, it might seem kinda pointless to look for real protesters to talk, as it probably has been done million of times before, but it still seems little awkward to see them trying to build up some perspectives on purpose.

I mean, if I haven't been there and only rely on the news to see what is going on there, there is no way for me to learn what is really happening. What i see would be a group of weirdo gathering and talking nonsense, showing violent attitudes and attacking reporters...but the truth is there are indeed still quite a number of real protesters there, and those who are unfriendly to the media would just represent a small group...

that's why i always feel that nothing is objective.. even for news coverage (and it is america already), the so called truth it reveals is always controlled by those who present it....

p.s.: just wanna clarify that my friends and I are not supporters of either side...

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Favorite Movies Films by: Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu, Hayao Miyazaki, Michelangelo Antonioni, Vittorio De Sica, Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, Sergei Eisenstein, Kim Ki-duk, Park Chan-wook, Stephen Chow, Johnnie To, Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Jia Zhang-ke...
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School USC / UC Berkeley (Films)
Favorite Books Romance of the 3 Kingdoms, Zhuang Zhi, Doraemon, Human Scramble, Film Arts: An Introduction