New Year's Eve

After openly defied his mother by choosing Kung Fu school over college, a 19-year-old boy comes home for Chinese New Year and finds everything changed.

  • YUHAOJIE ZHENG
    Director
  • LEQI “VANESSA” KONG
    Writer
  • YUHAOJIE ZHENG
    Writer
  • MIL ALCAIN
    Producer
  • QI SUN
    Key Cast
    "XIAO YU"
  • GRACE CHANG
    Key Cast
    "JUAN"
  • LEANN LEI
    Key Cast
    "YANLING"
  • JIZHONG "JAMIE" ZHANG
    Key Cast
    "DAYONG"
  • ZITA BAI
    Key Cast
    "QINGMEI"
  • SHUANGCHENG SUN
    Key Cast
    "HAIFENG"
  • HUANZHANG ZHANG
    Key Cast
    "YANG YANG"
  • JAKE HOSSFELD
    Cinematographer
  • KATELYN BUDKE
    Production Designer
  • BOWEI YUE
    Editor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    小宇
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Coming of Age
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.66:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - YUHAOJIE ZHENG

Yuhaojie Zheng earned his BFA in Film Production from Emerson College and his MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute. Yuhaojie has worked extensively as an actor in popular Chinese films and television series and has directed films with international recognition including Short Shorts Tokyo, Mecal Pro Barcelona, AT&T Film Award, Student Oscar Semi-final and etc.

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Director Statement

I was born in a rural village in the Gobi Desert of China where everyone believes that only fields such as business and engineering can bring a bright future. Luckily I moved out of the area with my parents when I was a child. Last summer, I went back to my hometown and had a talk with my cousin who I haven’t met for years. All I could remember about him was that he had an artist dream for years. That’s why I was surprised to hear from him that he’s about to give up his dream to study in a popular major that can later guarantee him a job. “Why not go to an art school?” I asked. My cousin stared blankly ahead, responded half jokingly, “Why bother think about something that will never become true.” Looking at him, I couldn’t help but asked myself, if I stayed here when I was a child, would I be like him? That’s why I decided to tell a story about what someone like my cousin may experience. I wonder if following my dream is in the cost of disappointing my family, will I still have the courage to continue chasing after it?