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August 20, 2013 7:35 AM   Subscribe

Requiem for Romance is a short animated film about a difficult phone call. It comes from artist and animator Jonathan Ng.
posted by Sokka shot first (2 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
This is beautiful. I love the traditional-painterly-with-a-splash-of-comic-book art style; that's not something you see often in animation. The ink and water splashes for lightning in the thunderstorm is especially lovely and creative.

I love things that are fantastic representations of something more immediate and human (Charlie Kaufman is the go-to example in film); it's a wonderful way to heighten emotion, and it works well here. It's a nice, beautiful touch that the wuxia goes away after Tsai gently criticizes Yun's love of kung fu movies.

I have to say nice things about the music (!!!!dfjkhdf Kid Koala?!) and acting, too: they're pretty much perfect. I was worried by the title that this would be a bit gloomy and self indulgent, but it's actually very sweet and touching. The gentle, understated acting does a lot to carry that.

I really enjoyed this a lot. Thanks! Jonathan Ng is definitely on my radar now.
posted by byanyothername at 8:32 AM on August 20, 2013

Reminds me a little of these animations from the Shanghai Animation Studio.
posted by jiawen at 9:06 AM on August 20, 2013 [2 favorites]

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