AN ASIAN GHOST STORY
Film | 37 m | 2023
This film is about haunting memories of Asia's late 20th-century modernization. The story departs from a 1965 United States embargo on the hair trade, known as the "Communist Hair Ban". Yet, in every wig resides a ghost from the imperial past.
Wigs were vital for the rise of the Asian economy in the post-war era. In the heyday of the 1960s, it was the number four export in Hong Kong's export-orientated industrialization. Between Mao's China - the largest source of hair supplies, and the insatiable Western market, Hong Kong functioned as the gateway. In 1965, U.S. Treasury Department imposed an embargo on "Asiatic hair", to cut off foreign currency to Communist China in the hair trade. The highly racialized category of "Asiatic hair" was later revised as "communist hair", to enable the wig industry to develop in U.S. allies, including mainly South Korea and Japan, which led to a significant reconfiguration of light industry in East Asia. Departing from the moment of the communist hair ban, through stories of movement, diaspora and migration, this project examines the role of Hong Kong as a transient space that mediates and sanitizes the connection between different worlds and the relationship between U.S. Imperialism and East Asia order in the Cold War era.
Written, Directed and Edited by: Bo Wang
Produced by: Ruoyao Jane Yao
Executive Producer: Jia Zhao
Director of Photography: Yavuz Selim Isler
Cameraman (Hong Kong): Fai Wan
Sound Recording: Franco van der Linde
Casting Director: Sai-wang Lau
Makeup: Ika Kartika
Color Grading: Bob Lemm
Jia Zhao, Hamza Junaid, Tommy Tse
Zoenie Liwen Deng, Ruoyao Jane Yao, Zoe Tang,
Michael de Ross, Sidney Vereycken, Sai-wang Lau,
Geodesic Studio, Vines Films
WAAG Society, Amsterdam
16mm Film Transfer and Scanning
Andec Filmtechnik, Berlin
Documentary Short | 25 m | 2020
The funeral ceremony is the last ritual of life. It marks the departure of a member of his family and society. When an elderly passed away is known as "White Joy". An ensemble of suona plays throughout the days of mourning. The sound is both joyful and full of sorrow. Joy signifies the completion of a life cycle and sadness for grieving the deceased.
This piece captures the last day of the funeral ceremony -the banquet, the procession and the burial. This is a profile into Dong people’s peculiar ritual, an idea on life and death, moral ethics, religion, family and social structure.
The circle of life: ending a life to continue life.
Director: Luis Cucenca Castro
Producer: Jenny Chou
Associate Producer : Ruoyao Jane Yao
Camerimage International Film Festival
Documentary | 20 m | 2021
It’s a story of a Chinese working-class family told in a day.
On 2021 May 1st Mr Wang woke up before 7 am and was ready to start the day of work like any regular day. Mr Wang and his wife have worked in Beijing's recycling business for the past thirty years; their two sons joined them three years ago. They each have their role within the system of recycling work.
The whole family fought around the clock to make it to the deadline to bring a truck full of recyclables to the collection centre at midnight. The next day, the same work and schedule repeat, and they work from the moment they open their eyes until they close them. Working-class people's action is all year round, none stop but always keep an optimistic and open-mindedness, is not about income but responsibility. Through one day of their life, the story is an insight into the Chinese working-class people's lives, with the action they pay tribute to life.
Director: Luis Cucenca Castro
Producers: Jenny Chou, Ruoyao Jane Yao
Xining First International Film Festival for Nespresso Talent Award
International Documentary Film Festival of Castellorizo “Beyond Borders" for Best Short
Drama | 16 m | 2021
When facing an unintended pregnancy, an intercultural couple has to make decisions about their relationship and their future under family pressures due to cultural differences.
Director/ Writer: Xiaoyan Sasha Li
Producer: Ruoyao Jane Yao, Adiel Jacob Eshkenazi
Director of Photography: Joewi Verhoeven
Editors:Yinong Xia, Richelle van Loon
Composer: Rikard Borggard, Fernan Mejuto Vazquez
Sound Designer: Zhe Ding, Angelina De Braekeleer, Wouter Besse
Main Cast :
Zihan Shen, Karel Konings, Réjane Daniel, Erik Jan Sint, Miko Tsai
St. Louis International Film Festival