An Invitation

An 8-year-old boy reluctantly visits his divorced father in Hong Kong, who wants him to become a Hong Kong citizen. They both keep secretive intentions and find it difficult to ask what they want from each other.

  • Yeung Tung
  • Hao Zhao
  • Yeung Tung
  • Hao Zhao
  • Xuli Cao
  • Yeung Tung
  • Hao Zhao
  • Yuxuan Liu
    Key Cast
    "Wenhui Chen"
  • Jim Ping Hei
    Key Cast
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    12 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 2, 2020
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    35,000 USD
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    Mandarin Chinese, Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
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Director Biography - Yeung Tung, Hao Zhao

Yeung Tung
Yeung Tung is a director/writer born and raised in Mainland China. He studied film and Television at Boston University's college of communication. Yeung was the director of the Red Star Theatre club at Boston University and also the director of Wuming Theatre club in Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yeung developed several short film scripts when he was in college. In the summer of 2019, He directed his original script "An Invitation" with Hao Zhao. He is a NYU film MFA candidate.

Hao Zhao
Hao Zhao is a Chinese writer/director graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduation, Hao has been working as an independent director. An Invitation (2020) is his most recent short film. His feature film "15 Seconds of Spotlight", about the long journey of a teenaged goalkeeper to professional soccer as his window of opportunity closes, was selected into 2020 Shanghai International Film Festival Film Project Program. This film is in preproduction now and is scheduled to be produced in Spetember, 2021. Hao is also working on a documentary feature in which he looks into the youth soccer development system in China.

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Director Statement

This story has been brewing in us ever since an unexpected summer trip shaped our lives for good. The conversation about the divorce that occurred in the story never did happen in real life. So in a way it’s about asking an unanswerable question. It needs to be asked. It doesn’t have to be answered. It can’t be.
An Invitation is personal but not biographical. And we are privileged to witness a story between a father and a son taking shape in its simplest form: a boy longing for his father, and his father wanting him.