Echo Train

Does social media really bring us closer, or make us more lonely than ever? What is real? Through a poetic yet perplexing journey, an ambivalent-minded young man is haunted by interactions with a seemingly mundane yet mysterious girl that make him (and us) ponder the aforementioned question.

  • Kenji Lui
  • Kenji Lui
  • Kenji Lui
  • Lin Xie
    Key Cast
  • Bigi Lui
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Romance, drama, experimental, mystery
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
    Hong Kong
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Director Biography - Kenji Lui

Kenji Lui is an independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. He first studied films at University of Southern California and later received his BA in films from UC Berkeley. Lui has made various short films that were screened at film festivals worldwide. Lui is also the founder and editor in chief of, a bilingual cinema website.

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Director Statement

Everyone has a facebook or twitter account now. It seems that social network has brought people closer together than in the past. However, I always question if it is really the case? If we no longer rely on face to face or phone contact to interact with each other, can we really form a complete perception of the others?

Through a simple short story of two persons' interactions based primarily on social network exchange, I attempt to explore the idea of whether social network can actually bring us closer, or is it the other way around?