"HUAN EXPRESS" is a short film that teaches about how there are no shortcuts in life and that life is not just about grades but about cherishing precious moments and time spent with our loved ones.
Logline: A rebellious secondary 2 boy must decide if he wants to exchange his most precious memory for an ‘A’ or else he will be expelled from school.
Genre : Drama // Fantasy
Target Audience: Youths & Parents
Theme: Education, Love, Family
This story is based on a concept by Poppy Lin and it is inspired by a thrift shop that Poppy and I encountered during our school trip to Japan. To me the shop is intriguing because every item has its own story behind it and to Poppy it was mysterious as the shop keeper was peculiar and it left a deep impression on both of us.
The main inspiration for this story is the fact that we realised many times we see ourselves caught up in trying to achieve our desired goals that we ended up sacrificing several things like our hobbies and wellbeing, often even the time spent with our loved ones is compromised. At the end of the day we ask ourselves, is it really worth it?
We often theorise fantasy elements in film either as a form of coping mechanism or some sort of escapism for the characters in the film. For this film, it’s no exception. Jun Wei, our main protagonist, uses the Thrift Shop and its magic as a shortcut to achieve his goals and to meet his mother’s expectation in order to gain her love back. However, at the end of the day, he pays the price causing him to learn a valuable lesson- there is no shortcut to success.
- Lee Si Min, Director
Why do we make this film?
Through this film and Jun Wei’s journey, we hope to be able to spark conversations and allow audiences to think twice about the decisions that they are making in life at the moment- we hope the audiences realise that it’s very important to set aside time for not just others but also themselves while they are trying to achieve their goals.
‘There is no shortcut to success.’ A message that we want to bring across with this film. Often we see ourselves so caught up and stressed up over our tasks and goals so much so that sometimes we might even resort to taking the shortcut. However, we have to pay the price when taking a shortcut. At the end of the day, hard work is the only way to success.
To the Singaporean parents & Lion moms- it’s okay to allow your child to fail sometimes as long as they learn to pick themselves up and seek for self-improvements.
Most importantly, always be your child's pillar of support as they push themselves towards success.