Once Upon a Time in the Bamboo
Synopsis: An 11-year-old boy falls asleep with a Chinese music box in the bamboo forest. He has a
dream set back in time to the Qing dynasty in the 1600’s. He is a Buddha who emerges from
the Chinese music box who must eliminate the battle between the lady warrior Feng, the Qing
imperial agent, and a Shaolin monk, all of them vying for the music box that has a treasure map
hidden in it.
Adam Lim (Monk)
William Wu (Imperial Agent)
Jet Spiro (The Boy)
As a huge martial arts movie fan, I’ve been watching martial arts movies perhaps even before I learned how to read. Although it sounds cliché, it’s true that martial arts are in Chinese people’s blood. To make a martial arts movie is often times a big dream for Asian filmmakers. I’m no exception. In order to achieve my goal, I’ve been training in Tai Chi and karate for years, with the mind set to make a martial arts movie myself one day. This short film is the first step in my journey.
Peilin Kuo is an award-winning filmmaker, born and raised in Taiwan. After graduating with a degree in theater, Peilin directed, edited, produced music videos, commercial spots, and television in Taipei. Peilin is now a New York based filmmaker.
After winning the “Someone to Watch” award from CineWomen NY, Peilin went on to win awards at festivals including Mexico International Film Festival, Asians on Film Festival and WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Peilin’s films have been screened at numerous film festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Asian American International Film Festival, among others.