Two Lost Brothers

Logline: A Chinese Man arrives in America for the first time to meet his long-lost brother for the first time. Both brothers try to reconnect and find the peace behind their tragic separation.

Kang Shan, a Chinese Man arrives in America for the first time to meet his long-lost brother for the first time. He turns up to his brother's house and meets him, only for the brother (Stephen) to be overwhelmed with nothing but answers behind their separation. With huge cultural gaps, societal identities, and lost time between the two, both brothers try to reconnect and find to find the peace behind their tragic separation, before continuing their lives together or separated in the unknown future.

  • Stanley Wah-Hong Leung
  • Stanley Wah-Hong Leung
  • Yi Yang
  • Yili (Steve) Ma
  • Qi Zhang
    Key Cast
    "Kang Shan"
  • Jason Fu
    Key Cast
  • Jingkun (Jamison) Huang
    Director of Photography
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  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta Campus
Director Biography - Stanley Wah-Hong Leung

Stanley Leung is an Undergraduate at Savannah College of Art & Design. Born to Chinese immigrants in Berkeley, California, and raised in Shanghai, China, he strives to tell deep stories that empower him and others around him through the art of filmmaking. He continues to pursue his passionate interest and development in directing and producing.

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Director Statement

Whom we truly identify as in this society is not an easy phenomenon to think about. I grew up as an American-born Chinese, 1st of my generation. I started growing up with immigrant parents as one living in California and then moved off to live the rest of my childhood from the age of 7 in Shanghai, China. Growing up there, it was hard to establish the basic cultural fundaments of
my roots, especially when starting to learn Mandarin at age 7. Even though the color of my skin is Asian, as a Chinese American I felt like an imposter among other Chinese people. I realized how important it is for the Global Audience to understand how Chinese Americans differentiate from Traditional Chinese. The narrative goal of “Two Lost Brothers” is to visualize the balance of Chinese Americans and Chinese together from a dramatic standpoint.

Two Lost Brothers” is a story about the very first reunion between two young adult siblings who lived separate lives. One is an adopted Chinese younger brother, who lived a full American childhood lifestyle and knows nothing about his Chinese heritage. The other is the elder Chinese brother who looks to reconnect the lost brotherhood bonds with him after a troubling “One-Child” Policy past. Both try to settle the truth between them and their differences. It explores the livelihood of two different backgrounds, the trauma behind two lost brothers over the “One-Child Policy”, and how both Chinese Americans and Chinese can see each other the same way amidst cultural and societal differences.

In terms of the vision of “Two Lost Brothers”, I want the narrative tone to touch on dramatic trauma with warm-hearted notes. Much of the story development stems from the characters and their dark backstories, therefore I want to portray the characters deeply from the inside. Mid-shadows, soft key lights, eye-level shots, and medium close-ups of the characters would help portray them from a symbolic standpoint of tension. Wider shots with warmer key lighting would be used to reflect the symbolic healing between the two characters.

Conclusively, I believe approaching the cinematography from these specifications would visually portray the grim expressions of the two character's backstories, their physical and emotionally struggling reunion, and a feeling of warmth when the two come to closer terms. What I want from the audience is to convey to them the message of brotherly warmth to the audience in the form of bringing the challenge of cultural and linguistic obstacles, to bring two completely different brothers together. I want to use that brotherhood to help the audience examine what makes Chinese Americans and Chinese different, and what brings them together in sometimes the darker points of life. This is a short film that would most likely not make any profit by the end of the day, but what I view as important is my representation of Chinese culture as an artist, and if I can present the audience that representation to let them leave the streaming site or theater thinking, that would be enough…