The Very Best of Wong Fu Productions

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Awhile ago, I wrote this, when I watched the pilot episode of Wong Fu’s new series, ‘Single by 30’ and wondered whether I ought to get YouTube Red just to watch this one show. Yes, it was that good.

I’d watched a fair amount of Wong Fu Productions, but while they were good, nothing really blew me away. Until yesterday, that is. Wong Fu is the YouTube channel that’s even older than YouTube, and they’ve been around for over a decade. That decade long history contains some cinematographic masterpieces. No, seriously. I never gush about stuff (and even when I do, it’s not very gushy) but this deserves its own post. All of their stuff has a pretty high standard of quality, but these are absolute gold:

“Drunk Call Chronicles”: This short revolves around the lives of three different people, a window into three stories, featuring Justin Chon, Justin Hughes, and Karalynn Dunton, whom I’ve never heard of, but who acts incredibly well in it. This perfectly created video has some of the best acting and writing I’ve seen on YouTube.

“The One Days: HK” are a series of short films. Here are some of my favourites:

“The One Days: HK – See Through” In English and Mandarin, with subtitles when they switch to Mandarin. David and his brother fly to Hong Kong, from America for a change of scene. A very different, interesting story, with an unexpected ending.

“The One Days: HK – Lost to Luck” In Cantonese, with English subtitles. A young man feels hopeless as he is unable to get a job, and he visits the market with his sister to look for the reincarnation of her hamster, as a fish.

“The One Days: HK – Love Lock” In Italian, with English subtitles. A couple visits a bridge to place their lock, and discuss the fragility of relationships. This short film has beautiful cinematography, and the writing is wonderful. Also, the setting (some idyllic place in Italy) and the language brought a special feel to the whole thing. The male lead, Lorenzo, replied to some of the comments on the video, which was how I found out that he has a YouTube channel. Phil Wang wrote about making this short on the WordPress blog I just found out he had.

Films and dramas aren’t the only thing they make. Here are two classic comedy shorts:

This one features Julie Zhan, a dancer who has her own YouTube channel. I discovered her yesterday, and am now committed to watching anything with her in it. She’s really goofy and fun to watch in anything she does.

Featuring Ki Hong Lee, who was in Maze Runner, this is another hilarious, perfect video. I can watch it over and over and still be entertained.

So there you are. These are some of my favorites. By no means do I claim to have curated a comprehensive list of the best of Wong Fu, but this is a start. And perhaps it will lead you to discover other great short films on YouTube. The reason I felt a compulsive need to write about this was that although these shorts are incredibly good, they don’t have quite as much attention as they deserve. That should change. And as Wong Fu only keeps growing, maybe it will.

 

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