Wong Fu Productions, the three-member Asian American filmmaking group considered to be one of YouTube’s elite, released another short film last week titled “ONE,” featuring Chinese American singer-songwriter Wang Leehom.
The six-and-a-half minute short, nearing the one million view count, opens on a young street musician (Leehom) performing on a cold winter’s day in New York City. Though he has raw talent, the musician is convinced that singing on the sidewalk is where he belongs; he might have been famous at one point, but in another life. Then he meets a stranger with dreams of her own, and his perspective changes for the better.
It’s a simple, sweet story that encourages others to see life as full of infinite possibilities; it’s up to you to choose what kind of life you want.
It’s also like most of Wong Fu’s other films: romantic, starring attractive twenty-somethings and geared towards Asian American youth. During Wong Fu’s college tour this year, more than a few students and campus organizations have voiced their criticism of the group, calling for less love stories and more videos that are representative of the country’s Asian American population and that cover social issues.
The men behind Wong Fu — Philip Wang, Wesley Chan and Ted Fu haven’t addressed this critique formally.