A man with a white shirt is ascending the stairs to his home, only to find that his door has been forced open. He goes in silently, and finds a man searching his things. He attacks him, beats him rather harshly and ties him up to interrogate him. It turns out the man with a white shirt is a crooked cop, whose wife has left him a while ago after finding out that he deals drugs on the side, while the burglar is supposedly a man who picked this particular house randomly, in order to pay loan sharks, so his wife will not leave him. The two discuss their personal lives, and the cop decides to let the man go, even giving him money for the doctor. Then he calls his wife asking her to meet him, despite the late hour, in order to discuss getting together again. Things, however, do not go as planned.

Francis Lau directs a very interesting short, that follows the rules of the noir/thriller, particularly through the impressive cinematography of Jack Chen. The comment of the narrative, that “No good deed goes unpunished” works quite nicely with the overall aesthetics of the film, allowing the story to have some impact through a slight plot twist. Considering that the film is just 15 minutes long, I would say that Lay has done a rather good job in keeping it simple but filled with meaning.

Sunny Pang gives a very interesting performance as the tough but kind man trying to correct his mistakes, while Louis Wu provides an important catalyst for the story as the “victim” convincingly. Adele Wong as the wife is also good in presenting her inconvenience in dealing with hey husband once more.

“The Postman” shows much promise, both in terms of narrative and production, while the story, although somewhat generic, could be easily extended to an interesting noir/thriller.

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My name is Panos Kotzathanasis and I am Greek. Being a fan of Asian cinema and especially of Chinese kung fu and Japanese samurai movies since I was a little kid, I cultivated that love during my adolescence, to extend to the whole of SE Asia. Starting from my own blog in Greek, I then moved on to write for some of the major publications in Greece, and in a number of websites dealing with (Asian) cinema, such as Taste of Cinema, Hancinema, EasternKicks, Chinese Policy Institute, and of course, Asian Movie Pulse. in which I still continue to contribute. In the beginning of 2017, I launched my own website, Asian Film Vault, which I merged in 2018 with Asian Movie Pulse, creating the most complete website about the Asian movie industry, as it deals with almost every country from East and South Asia, and definitely all genres. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.