Benjamin Wong

The Old Samurai

Why Watch? With commanding visuals and a supreme sense of timing, this short from Benjamin Wong tells the story of a world-weary fighter faced with a newcomer’s sword and the guilt of a haunted past. The opening sequence is a testament to how gorgeous slow motion can be when it’s not overwrought — the figures and their swords carved out of the space with a fine patina, a remarkable anguish on the old man’s face. But the tale it silently tells is compelling as well, sharing an insight into the kind of man the samurai is that explains ultimately why he’s struggling, yet still fighting. Beautifully choreographed and executed, it’s a killer combination of antique visuals and timeless honor. What will it cost? Around 6 minutes. Skip Work. Watch More Short Films.  

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Why Watch? It’s weirdness wrapped up in the grainy elegance of the 1980s. This isn’t the surrealist Monkees film of the same name, but it might induce the same WTF reaction. In Benjamin Wong‘s odd short, a young man (Don Chao) is passed over for yet another job promotion because he’s got something strange on top of his neck. After the humiliation, how far will he go to be liked, fit in, and snag the job? What does it cost? Just 3 minutes of your time. Trust us. You have time for more short films.

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