ROBERT OUYANG RUSLI // OHYUNG  
Empty By Design
Cignal Entertainment

Narrative Short, 1 hour 26 minutes
Cignal Entertainment
Original Score by Robert Ouyang Rusli

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Samantha (Rhian Ramos) is a graduate student living and studying in London. But when a fatal traffic accident claims the life of her parents, she returns to the Philippines from the British capital. But she soon discovers that she has spent so long away from the country that she feels disconnected from the lives of her family and childhood friends. Meanwhile, Eric (Osric Chau) was also born in the Philippines, but has lived in the United States since he was a young child and his parents divorced. He has built a career as a stunt performer and has come to the Philippines alongside Jun Jie (Chris Pang), a movie star, to work on a new movie set in the Philippine capital Manila. Eric also senses that although he is in his native country, he does not really feel at ease with the local culture. When Eric and Samantha meet, they realize that they used to go to the same school as young children. But they also learn that they have become kindred souls – at once belonging and not belonging in the nation of their birth. Instead, they become drawn to one another…



Credits

DIRECTOR
Andrea A. Walter

PRODUCERS
Dante Basco Chris Pang

WRITER
Andrea A. Walter

EDITOR
Brian Hershall Merrick

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Andrea A. Walter

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Mark Sabas

COMPOSER
Robert Ouyang Rusli

CAST
Rhian Ramos
Osric Chau
Chris Pang
Dante Basco
Madeleine Humphries
Yoshi Sudarso
Conan Stevens
Desmond Chiam
Billy Ray Gallion
Mica Javier
Natalia Diniz
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