‘ haunting and powerful.’ Dennis Bartok Singafest
‘..unexpected layers, a touching vulnerability and depth …the actors have a real star quality and presence’ Indigo Willing Peril Magazine
Hairdressers, a gangster & a Harajuku girl, Citizen Jia Li is a must see if you’re interested in a Melbourne slice of Asian life.
When Jia [Claudia Teh] loses both her job and home in the one day, nothing as a new Citizen is what she expected. Over three days she will struggle against fears and enemies to find her identity, supported by Daisy [Susanna Qian], a half Chinese half Japanese ‘Harajuku’ girl, who is coming to terms with her own mixed parentage. Jia’s triad ex, Kong [Chris Pang], pursues her to get her back, to save face, and searches Melbourne for her – maybe out of genuine love.
This uniquely Melbourne Asian pop-culture story of coming to a new land, ‘Citizen’ stars stand out performances from Claudia Teh, Chris Pang (Tomorrow Where The War Began) & Susanna Quan (Red Water Red). The début feature for Writer, Director, Producer Sky Crompton and the emerging Melbourne Asian Cast & Crew, this compelling and family friendly film crosses age and cultural boundaries bringing stories from the Asian side of Melbourne.
The film is essential viewing for alternate perspective on life in Australian with stories and characters brought to life by the Director, Cast and the camera of Daniel Yun. Shot over 12 days of principle photography and featuring an original pop culture sound track composed by Tim Trappett a.k.a DJ RELLIK and featuring the voice of Kelly Siew, Citizen is a film about coming home to a new land and finding your self.