06-24 November 2019



Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang


2019 / 81’ / Hawaii Premiere / Chinese


A moving meditation on art, mortality, and family, the latest documentary from S. Leo Chiang (TO YOU SWEETHEART, ALOHA, HIFF 2014; A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, HIFF 2009), co-directing with Yang Sun, centers on Maleonn, a famous Chinese conceptual artist, as he grapples with the advancing dementia afflicting his father, Ma Ke. Ma Ke is a renowned artist in his own right, having served as the artistic director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera. The documentary documents Maleonn’s ambitious effort to mount a tribute to his dad, “Papa’s Time Machine,” a time-travel puppet show told at human-sized scale.
OUR TIME MACHINE tracks the artistic progress of “Papa’s Time Machine,” depicting artisans giving life to Maleonn’s striking steampunk designs and eye-popping shadow play. But the film’s primary focus is on the relationship between father and son. Ma Ke’s story is emblematic of artists whose dreams were snuffed out by the Chinese Communist Party in the 1960s. Post-Cultural Revolution, Ma Ke threw himself into theater work, peaking as a skilled orchestrator of traditional Peking opera, while leaving little time for his family. Maleonn’s resentment of Ma Ke’s lengthy absences during his childhood vie with his filial love for a man who’s rapidly slipping away.

-Anderson Le

Sunday 10 17:45 - 19:11Regal Dole Cannery 16
Tuesday 12 15:00 - 16:41Regal Dole Cannery 15
DirectorYang Sun and S. Leo Chiang.
Cast Maleonn, Ma Ke, Zheng Wei Tong, Ma Duo and Tianyi Huang.
ScreenplayS. Leo Chiang and Bob Lee.
CinematographerYang Sun.
EditorBob Lee.
MusicPaul Brill.
ProductionShanghai Eternity Media & Culture Co., Ltd. & . & Medoc (Beijing) Media & Culture Co. and Ltd.

S. Leo Chiang ... producer
Michael Ehrenzweig ... supervising producer
Sally Jo Fifer ... executive producer
Nick Fraser ... executive producer
Yang Sun ... producer
Jean Tsien ... executive producer
Kelly Wang ... co-executive producer

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