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Block 2: The Deadly Sins

  • US Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)

This block will showcase short movies with sinful or adult themes produced by or starring Asian American talent. Note parental guidance is suggested for this block as some movies may not be suitable for children. 
Films include the following: 
Til We Descend directed by Joseph Le
A Doll's Hug directed by Rob Chihwen Lo
Crazy Hive directed by William Yang
The Heartbreak Factory directed by So Young Shelly Yo
Lux In Effect directed by Lyin Landre
View produced by Freddie Lau, directed by Rui Wang
Asian Man, White Woman directed by Woody Fu

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Til We Descend directed by Joseph Le . Running time: 11 minutes

Psychological creature horror short. Husband copes with his wife’s inevitable and tragic metamorphosis after a chemical spill at a water supply plant.


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A Doll's Hug directed by Rob Chihwen Lo. Running time: 20 minutes

Domestic violence, school violence, and societal violence continually challenge and threaten the Taiwanese teenage boy, XiangYu. He seeks to escape from the undesirable reality to take shelter in his imaginary Barbie doll world. He learns to fight back to seek solutions for ever-lasting redemption. However, the relief from the redemption is impermanent…


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Crazy Hive directed by William Yang. Running time: 13 minutes

The year of 2019. China suffers from a nation-wide downward plunge in the home property price. The story follows the discovery of a corpse by a common worker on his lawn and the ensuing absurdity that follows.


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The Heartbreak Factory directed by So Young Shelly Yo. Running time: 12 minutes

Imagine a place where you could fix the pains of your broken heart with a quick stitch…
A fantastical world where such a heavy pain could be cured with a simple procedure…

The Heartbreak Factory is a short that explores the inner-world of Ava, a fiery worker, determined to mend all the broken hearts of the world. One day, Ava finds a pattern in all the hearts--the ultimate heartbreak named Ollie--and vows to take him down. Within this surreal and heightened world, I wanted to explore the idea of logic versus emotion and the fragility of the heart despite one’s mindful determination to protect it.


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Lux In Effect directed by Lyin Landre . Running time: 14 minutes

Lux and her team are hired to push people to their breaking points, forcing them to change. Meanwhile, Lux is unable to deal with her own issues.


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View. Produced by Freddie Lau. Directed by Rui Wang. Running time: 19 minutes

Nameer must take action, as he is being watched as a 'thief' by numerous viewers.


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Asian Man, White Woman directed by Woody Fu. Running time: 2 minutes

A hilarious and pointed commentary on the lack of Asian male and white female couples that speaks not-so-subtly about the gross characterization that Asian men are not sexually attractive.