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An uneven batch of shorts about intergenerational rapport, the two best of which are distinguished by understatement. Set in a Chinese laundry, Neight Gee Tang?s Bleach (2002, 9 min.) has no dialogue other than a cacophonic burst of instructions issued by a white customer dropping off a mustard-stained white shirt. The proprietor hands the garment to a young co-worker who is clearly having a bad day, then wordlessly puts things right with a considerate turn of the radio dial. In her eight minute Exercise with Chin Yung, Wen Hwa Ts'ao supplements footage of her father?s showy, manic exercise regime with a series of wry titles commenting on his anxiety over her childlessness. Five other works complete this 97 min. program.

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