EMBERS is the latest addition to Bruce Tetsuya's steadily growing filmography. Since its announcement a couple months ago, my excitement had grown with each passing teaser image/festival buzz... until I got the chance to finally see it this week. And I must say, this is Tetsuya's best short yet- as well as his most personal.
EMBERS weaves multiple themes Tetsuya has used in his past short films, but executes and presents them in a very poetic way - the "visual…
Watching Embers you would never guess it was a quarantine project that went through as many obstacles it did. It was masterfully shot and it was edited to perfection. As a native Spanish speaker, I can also attest to the power of the narration to a higher degree than perhaps the subtitles can provide. Tetsuya and his team do a wonderful job of capturing the pain, beauty, and burning intensity of trying to forget someone who was once your everything.
Wow, this really is a beautiful piece of art.
Very lucky to have an early screener for this. Thanks Bruce.
Beautifully crafted images, wonderful performance, incredible score, these all blend together so well to create a dreamlike, intoxicating film that has an effect that you really hope for from a short.
I won't give anything away but the way this movie used a slow burn kind of technique works so well. Something that I really respect is that while it…
there’s something beautiful in the way bruce tells his stories. and there’s something soothing in the way he presents themes.
this is a must see if you’re craving for a soft but fiery tale. something so simple, yet makes you want to scream.
great work as always bruce 🤍💃🏻.
As a young aspiring filmmaker, I can only look at Bruce with all my respect and admiration. My favorite short film of his - yet!
This is incredible! One of my absolute favorite short films without a doubt. The cinematography, sound, script and direction are goated. And in Spanish?! Extra points!!!
What a beautiful experience, and I’m so glad I was selected to be one of the first people to see this. I cannot wait for your future works (and…
This is the type of short film that makes you think about not only the character’s life, but your own too. What I always find interesting is a filmmaker’s ability to tell a story visually, and Bruce does just that; by the acting and locations, you get a sense of the character’s internal thoughts. But the dialogue is the cherry on top of the cake. And the cinematography is divine, like, legit. It’s amazing what’s told in such little time.…
The name Bruce Tetsuya is a name I have always held nothing but the deepest of respect for. As an artist, but more importantly as an individual, you don’t get better than Bruce. It’s just impossible. When I say that it was an honor to be one of the first people who got to witness this work of art before the release, I really mean it. To me, this was the equivalent of Pawel Pawlikowski sending me a prescreen to…
you know shit boutta be good when you gotta switch from the laptop to the tv 10 seconds in
Aside from being the best person and best page on the platform, Bruce is without a doubt to my eyes the best filmmaker on the platform as well. And this, to me, constitutes his most polished work to date. Pretty amazing editing, love the sound design, very well directed - but the true star of the show to me is the…
The direction is marvellous... but is it fitting for the story being told? Is it moral to focus on just a few victims, if the lives of so many more were affected? While watching films such as this one I always ask myself: Is it still the film serving the real event, or the event serving the film? Because if the latter is true, then the film, in my eyes, fails.
Okay I know I haven’t seen it yet but am I allowed to just give this 5 stars already? Pls?
A testament to how connection through physicality and spirit, conveyed through dance as a coping mechanism, is one of the only few ways to truly synchronize with the energy of those around us... and escape the darker parts of reality.
This is going to sound like high praise, but I just finally watched I'm Thinking of Ending Things the other day and I can say with affirmation that Mr. Tetsuya had better intended choreography than whatever the fuck I watched in Kaufman's film.
This film made me wanna 💃
But in all seriousness, this is such a beautiful short film.
The music, the choreography, the editing, the cinematography. Literally perfect. Bruce, if you’re reading this I just wanna say, you’re such a talented filmmaker, I seriously can’t wait to see what you have next. This short film was truly inspiring. I can’t wait to watch it again, again and again.