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離騷幻覺
Departure
Director: Kongkee, Tsui Ka-hei, Lee Kwok-wai

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Production Country Hong Kong
Production Year 2017
Duration 8'00''
Colour Colour
Language In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Genre Animation
Shooting Format N/A
Synopsis 2000 years from now, Qu Yuan, the poet and high priest who lived during the Warring States period of ancient China, believed that man can relief from pain by giving up their soul. After 2000 years, there is a guy looks like Qu Yuan, in order to uncover the truth of human soul, searches for the train to Miluo River, where Qu Yuan has immersed himself.
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Remarks shared after Festival visit


“As a cartoonist, I have attended Berlin Film Festival in Germany and Angouleme Animation Festival in France before. I’m always very impressed by the short film festival and the animation festival in France, because the French Film Festival has a very warm and interactive atmosphere. Thanks to the funding of Create Hong Kong (CreateHK), I have this chance to attend this high-profile film festival : Clermont-Ferrand international short film festival with NAE group. During the festival, I participated some forums. One of the topics was “ from short film to feature films”, I’m particularly interested in the film production and I’ve learnt a lot from different events.

As far as the global animation market is concerned, the animation in both Europe and Asia can not be compared with Hollywood's big production, both in terms of budget and creation time. However, the style of the artwork in Europe and in Asia (such as Japan) is very vivid and there are many varieties. Many high level short films come from Europe. At the same time, the Asian art market is booming. Nowadays, the audience is getting more and more educated. They are eager to see short films with a unique style and a unique attitude. The style is never outdated. The power of style is sustainable. This point needs to be kept in mind when we make creations.
This short film was accomplished in collaboration with two other artists. We discussed the story line together. I set out characters, the other two artists were responsible for animation and post-production. Our cooperation was very happy. It’s a science fiction animation telling the story of Qu Yuan. We would like to explore the relationship between free will and soul. The screen uses a  neon and fluorescent color. The color are quite rich. Qu Yuan wrote the famous poems such as "Li Sao" and "Heaven", they are very beautiful. I would like to use modern imagery to express the beauty of illusion in Qu Yuan's artwork.
The short film doesn’t have a clear story line, it’s more like fragments. After the special screenings in Hong Kong, some foreign audiences said that due to the cultural differences, they couldn’t understand Qu Yuan's story but they did like the color and the artistic way of fragments . This is also the message which we would like to send to the audience.
Now, our team is working on the sequel to this short film, and I hope to bring our work again to France in the near future.
This year I’ve also applied for Annecy Animation Festival in France, I cross my fingers for my work to be selected. ”


— Shared by Kong Khong-chang (Kongkee), director of Departure after attending Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival & Market 2018 in France, under the sponsorship of NAE.



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