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Kowloon Forest A Virtual Reality Film by Alexey Marfin

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World Premiere in Hong Kong

Title Kowloon Forest

Running Time 8 min

Year 2018

Language Cantonese, Tagalog, Korean


Date      5 Jul - 31 Aug 2019

Time     Mon - Sat: 10:30 – 18:30

             Sun: 14:30 – 18:30
             (Closed on public holidays)

Venue   Osage Gallery, 4/F, 20 Hing Yip St, Kwun Tong




A journey through the private lives of five strangers in Hong Kong.
A VR film about finding intimacy in a city of density.



Kowloon Forest is a unique VR film which brings audiences into the extremely personal spaces of its protagonists. In contrast to VR films that place us in huge environments, this is a new sensation of being extremely close to people during moments of intimacy.

The story is drawn from my own experiences; from living in the infamous Chungking Mansions when I first came to Hong Kong, to doing laundry on the rooftops of Sham Shui Po. The film's cast is equally grounded: Toonyun, who plays a performer, is a Hong Kong musician; Sara, who plays a Filipina maid, is born in Hong Kong as the daughter of a Filipina domestic helper; Raghuram, who plays a Hong Kong-Indian astrologer, is a spiritual teacher from South India; and Ming, who plays a Chinese businessman, worked in finance in China. We hope to immerse audiences in these unique moments of Hong Kong and to create new cinematic experiences of intimacy.


Alexey Marfin is a film director interested in life in contemporary cities. He is currently based between Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Born in Leningrad in the USSR, Alexey emigrated to the UK in the 1990s. He studied at the Architectural Association in London, where he became interested in designing worlds for film. He began his filmmaking career as a visual effects artist at the Sundance-award-winning studio Factory Fifteen, before directing his own films.

Alexey’s films have screened worldwide – at the Academy-Award-Qualifying L.A. Shorts Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, BiFan, Berlin Interfilm, and many more. He has been featured in VICE, Motherboard, The Creators Project, and other press.

Alexey has also taught and lectured internationally – including MIT, Harvard, Princeton, UCLA, the Royal College of Art, and City University of Hong Kong. He co-founded the Fiction & Entertainment Masters program at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, which works with collaborators from Framestore, Sundance, Netflix, and more.

Alexey Marfin Website    |   CV Download


Presenter  Osage Art Foundation

Writer / Director  Alexey Marfin



Ming Lo

Angie Kim
Sara Beatriz Meredith
Ainah Lágrimas
Raghuram Shetty

Co-writers  Toonyun, Paul Krist

Producer  Paul Krist

Production Design  Vivian Xin Zhen

Cinematography  Nate Nguyen-Le

Additional Cinematography  Jerry Lam, Tim Wei

Makeup Artist  Stephanie G-M


Script Consultants

Charmaine Chan
Vivian Xin Zhen
Fiona Ng


Insoo Hwang

Aman Sheth

Kiran Nayak

Special Thanks

Greg Feingold
Jake Falk
Ruby Ng
Carmen Cheng
To Chun Man
Leung Lai Chong
To Shing Yau

Equipment Sponsor

Zotac Technology Limited

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