The Story of 90 Coins (2015)

Title: The Story of 90 Coins MV5BZTNhNTlmMGMtZWU5Yy00ZTkzLWIxZjktNTcyYmRjNjM2NGE1L2ltYWdlL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyODE0NTE2OA@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,706,1000_AL_.jpg

Director: Michael Wong

Genre: Short, Drama, Romance

Rating: Not Rated

Leads: Jose Acosta, Dongjun Han, Zhuang Zhiqi

Ok, this will be my first time doing something of this nature. I was contacted by the director of this short film, Michael Wong, to watch and review his film. I graciously have accepted.

On to the specifics! The short film is 10 minutes in duration. It is a Chinese film directed by Michael Wong. This is seemingly his first film, made for entertainment. This film in particular has picked up over 30 different recognition’s, at film festivals world wide. I will have them listed at the end if you care to browse through them. 😀

Short films are created differently than full length films for many reasons. They have to be able to grab the audience quickly all while presenting as much information as they can to build up the story. I personally feel like short films never can do any justice, because you can clearly tell there is a full story inside waiting to come alive. That being said, for many reasons, most short films never get made in to feature films, and you are left wondering what if.

In this short film Wan Yuyang (Han Dongjun) is in love with Chen Wen (Zhuang Zhiqi). Her feelings aren’t mutual, but he wants her to give him a chance. He proposes a 90 day period for him to change her mind. He will give her a coin each day for 90 days, totaling $9.00. If at the end of the 90 days she does not feel the same way about him they will buy drinks where they first met and say goodbye. They see each other everyday except one, and each day she receives a coin in a folded paper container. Along the way Chen Wen is advancing in her career as a fashion designer, and seemingly has to choose her career or possible love. The whole film is based on the motto “Don’t let a promise become just a beautiful memory.” What will she decide? Go see for yourself in the link below!

In the short 10 minutes of this film you are presented with a ton on information. You don’t have enough time to really build any relationship with the characters but you do have time to engulf yourself in the beautiful story. At times it seems a bit scattered and confusing, but I’ll chalk that up to a complex story being compressed. The story is mostly narrated by what seems to be both characters own conscience’s so you don’t see the actors speaking through out. There are English subtitles, and that is what I had to go off of. I watched this film three times over to make sure I captured the story, the lines, and the video.

The cinematography and photo editing in this film is stunning. I mean wonderful! The shots are tasteful, and classy. The cuts and transitions are as smooth as can be. Everything in that regard is top notch.

Since this was a requested review I want to give you, my readers the option to watch this film yourself to see what I mean. You can watch the film on Vimeo here!

Does this short film have what it takes to be a full length movie? I would say yes. Will it ever become one? Probably not, based on many factors. Who should watch this short? Everyone! If it were a full length movie who would want to see it? Adult couples on date night. What would you rate this short film? I would rate this short film a 7/10. 

As promised here is a list of accolades for this short. I hope you have enjoyed my review.

  • ACCOLADES
    Official Selection – Nassau Film Festival 2017
    Silver Remi: Shorts Dramatic Original – WorldFest Houston Int’l Film & Video Festival 2017
    Nominee: Best Director of a Short Foreign Language Film – Nice Int’l Filmmaker Festival 2017
    Nominee: Best Lead Actor in a Foreign Language Film – Nice Int’l Filmmaker Festival 2017
    Nominee: Best Original Score – Nice Int’l Filmmaker Festival 2017
    Winner: Best Editing – SHORT to the Point (Feb) 2017
    Official Selection – UK Screen One International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Sacramento International Film Festival 2016
    Winner: Best Cinematography – Top Indie Film Awards 2016
    Nominee: Best Romantic Comedy – Top Indie Film Awards 2016
    Awards of Excellence – Accolade global Film Competition 2016
    Best Drama – Los Angeles Film Awards 2016
    Best Cinematography – Los Angeles Film Awards 2016
    Best Foreign Short – Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2016
    Best Actress – Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2016
    Audience Choice Award: Drama – Festigious International Film Festival 2016
    Best Couple – Festigious International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Singapore World International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – New York Film Week 2016
    Official Selection – Vasteras Film Festival 2016
    1st prize: Best Cinematography – Open Art Short Film Festival 2016
    2nd prize: Best Director – Open Art Short Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection: Narrative Short Film – Open Art Short Film Festival 2016
    Winner: Best Short Film – Universal Film Festival 2016
    Nominee: Best Foreign Film – Universal Film Festival 2016
    Nominee: Best Actor – Universal Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Shnit International Short Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Bridge Film Fest 2016
    Official Selection – Ipsos Short Film Breaks 2016
    Winner: Best Narrative Short – The World’s Independent Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Swedish International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Vienna Independent Film Festival 2016
    Best Film: Hope – Top Shorts Online Film Festival 2016
    Best Cinematography – Top Shorts Online Film Festival 2016
    Honorable Mention: Original Score – Top Shorts Online Film Festival 2016
    Official Cinebalu Screening Selection – Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival 2016
    Merit Award – International New York Film Festival 2016
    Best Foreign Short Film – Ukrainian International Short Film Festival 2016
    Winner: Best Director – Whatashort India International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection: Best Film – Whatashort India International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection: Best Cinematography – Whatashort India International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection: Best Actor – Whatashort India International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection: Best Story – Whatashort India International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection – Toronto Film Week 2016
    Official Selection – DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival 2016
    Rising Star Awards (Foreign Film) – Canada International Film Festival 2016
    Special Jury Mention – Promofest Short of the Year 2016
    Official Selection – Venice Film Week 2016
    Official Selection – Sydney World Film Festival 2015
    Finalist – Canada Shorts Film Festival 2015
    Official Selection – Kiwi International Film Festival 2015
    Official Finalist – London Film Awards 2015
    Official Selection – #TOFF The Online Film Festival 2015
    Official Selection – SPFW Indie Film Festival 2015
    Official Selection – Los Angeles CineFest 2015
    Official Selection – US Hollywood International Film Festival (USHIFF) 2015
    Official Selection – The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF) 2015
    Official Selection – Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2015
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