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Reunification (2015)

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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Alvin Tsang

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Alvin Tsang
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Kelvin Hung Kelvin Hung ... Himself
Annie Chan Leung Annie Chan Leung ... Herself
David Leung David Leung ... Himself
Alvin Tsang Alvin Tsang ... Himself
Andy Tsang Andy Tsang ... Himself
Ashley Tsang Ashley Tsang ... Herself
Gordon Tsang Gordon Tsang ... Himself
Matthew Tsang Matthew Tsang ... Himself
Michelle Tsang Michelle Tsang ... Herself
Mimi Tsang Mimi Tsang ... Herself
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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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USA | Hong Kong

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English | Cantonese

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7 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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

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Extraordinary Documentary about Family
14 May 2016 | by co-40167See all my reviews

An avid documentary watcher, I've enjoyed numerous first-person docs that uncover the inner workings of family life, from any of Ross McElwee's to Nathaniel Kahn's My Father My Architect. REUNIFICATION takes its place alongside those films. It is a rare in-depth look at the emotional, logistical,cultural, social and economic realities of a family resettling in what they hope will be a better life.

The footage is startling personal, capturing the private moments that so many of us wished we had a camera for. Splaying out the realities of his family's story, Tsang also brings a wry and intelligent humor that is so critical when revealing secrets and past events never spoken about.

I watch documentaries and films to learn my own secrets and remember I share the same bewildering challenges when it comes to family. Watching REUNIFICATION, a beautifully made doc, truly fulfilled that promise.


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