I Miss You When I See You
After reuniting in Australia after nearly a decade, chronically depressed Kevin follows his old secondary school friend Jamie back to their native Hong Kong, forcing them both make a choice between following their heart or subscribing to the suffocating normality of heterosexual society.
Jamie (Bryant Mak), on his way to visit his uncle in Melbourne, stops by Sydney to see his old secondary school friend Kevin (Jun Li), who lives in a group home due to crippling depression. It's been over a decade since they last saw each other back in Hong Kong—there are fleeting mentions of Kevin's "hospitalization"—but the two have a lovely night out as if no time has passed. Though they part just as quickly as they reunited, Jamie gives Kevin an open offer to visit him in Hong Kong anytime, an offer Kevin cannot refuse. Now back in his homeland, Kevin quickly overstays his welcome, and his presence causes a rift between Jamie and his suspicious girlfriend Elaine (Candy Cheung). Through it all, the true reason for Jamie and Kevin's estrangement hangs over them like a raincloud, a reason further elucidated in a series of flashbacks to their confusing, treacherous school years. As the two troubled friends circle each other, and Kevin catches the eye of one of the teen male students at his tutoring job, they must make a choice between following their heart or subscribing to the suffocating normality of heterosexual society. Using a stark digital cinematographic style, director/co-writer Simon Chung's I Miss You When I See You navigates a tense landscape of modern masculinity.
Simon Chung was born and raised in Hong Kong and, from age 15 on, in Toronto, Canada. He attended York University majoring in film production. Chung has been an independent filmmaker since 1996. His short films include Life is Elsewhere (1996), Stanley Beloved (1998), and First Love and Other Pains (1999). His debut feature, Innocent (2005) premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. He is a founding member of the Hong Kong based Independent film distributor Ying E Chi.
Sponsored by Greater Seattle Business Association, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in San Francisco
- Original Language Title: Kan Jian Ni Bian Xiang Nian Ni
- Director: Simon Chung
- Principal Cast: Bryant Mak, Jun Li, Candy Cheung, Yuen Ho Yeung, Kevin Ip
- Premiere Status: North American
- Country: Hong Kong
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 93 minutes
- Producer: Simon Chung, Sophia Shek
- Screenplay: Simon Chung, Dana Fukazawa
- Cinematographers: Bowen Chung
- Editors: Nose Chan
- Music: Ellison Lau
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Speechless (2012); End of Love (2009); Innocent (2005); First Love and Other Pains (1999)
- Language: Cantonese
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: m-appeal