In the not-too-distant future, humanity slowly rebuilds itself a decade after The Great War. Believing that the ability to lie is the root cause of the devastating conflict, a tech entrepreneur creates a pill containing a nanotechnology app known as “Guidance” that allegedly will make everyone more enlightened. Once swallowed, an A.I. “installs” in the person’s nervous system and aids their ability to detect deception in other people among other enhancements.

A young couple goes on a weekend retreat to the countryside and they begin to use Guidance. However, recent events have potentially compromised their trust in one another. With the tech in their bodies, the couple tries to subvert Guidance in the hopes of saving their relationship before it’s too late. With a near-constant beautiful score and energetic cinematic style, GUIDANCE is an ambitious yet focused exploration of relationships with a science fiction twist.

-Lee Ngo


Hawaii National Bank


Online Access

Access Window: November 15, 2021 - November 28, 2021
Passholder Access: All Access, Limited Virtual, Supporter, Hale Virtual Festival, Individual
Only Accessible from: USA

Live Stream

Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Neysan Sobhani
PRODUCER(S)Khalil Fong, Saba Mazloum, Neysan Sobhani
SCREENWRITER(S)Anders Fransson, Neysan Sobhani, Pei You Wang
CASTFrancesco Chen, Sun Jia, Harry Song

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Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: Hawai‘i Premiere
YEAR: 2021
RUN TIME: 93 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Mandarin Chinese, with English subtitles


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