Reflecting on his family's immigration legacy, the filmmaker confronts the delicate images of a once intact family.

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Kelvin Hung ...
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Alvin Tsang ...
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Andy Tsang ...
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Between faded family photographs, old video footage, and interviews collected through the years, Alvin Tsang's REUNIFICATION bears the look and feel of a documentary that's taken decades to produce. Perhaps it required all that time for Tsang to fully process his family's history and confront his own emotionally turbulent upbringing. For the audience though, that passing of time is key to the film's powerful portrayal of tireless emotional reconciliation. When his mother and two siblings first immigrated from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, six-year-old Alvin was forced to stay behind with his working, and consequently absent, father. Spending the following three years often alone in an empty apartment, he longed for his family's reunification. However, upon Alvin and his father's arrival to America, that dream was utterly and permanently shattered under circumstances the filmmaker has yet to fully comprehend to this day. REUNIFICATION is Tsang's self-reflexive ... Written by Brandon Yu

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Reflecting on his family's immigration legacy, the filmmaker confronts the delicate images of a once intact family.


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Tsang wanted the film to have a mood similar to a Keith Jarrett's solo jazz piano concert. See more »

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Poignant and Sad, yet Hopeful
12 April 2017 | by (San Diego, Ca) – See all my reviews

This documentary involved me in Alvin's family dynamic. At the same time, it gave me some hints about my own development and emotional makeup.

One interesting facet is the parallel between the reshuffling of this family and what was simultaneously happening in the relationship between China and Hong Kong.

I have known Alvin for about 15 years, but this film gave me new insights to his intellectual and emotional depth. I also learned a lot about Chinese culture, and the difficulties of assimilation.

This movie is both entertaining and deeply educational.

One addition I'd like to see is an update on where each family member is now, and how they might have changed since the filming.

I highly recommend it.


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