Reflecting for 17 years on his family's immigration legacy, the filmmaker confronts the delicate images of a once intact family.

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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 for 17 years on his family's immigration legacy, the filmmaker confronts the delicate images of a once intact family.


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Began shortly after college graduation, the film took seventeen years to complete. See more »

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This film is so much more than a documentary
12 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reunification is a masterpiece. It fact, it was amazing that the film was made at all, but I don't want to give anything away by going too much into that. The beautiful shots and editing are very effective at saying what can't be described otherwise. It's brutally honest and at the same time treats all of the family members with respect and dignity. There is a grace to the plot development that shows the story as more than the sum of its parts. I can't describe how powerful it is. Weeks after I've seen it, it continues to stick with me. It starts as a simple story that concerns his family's migration to the U.S.and builds into something that is both foreign and universal. Dark, complex secrets emerge slowly to expose a deeply moving, fascinating film unlike anything I've seen.


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