A Rose Reborn

Synopsis: A brilliant young inventor and CEO has an opportunity to sell his world changing invention to a mysterious Chinese billionaire. But the two don't have typical business meetings.
Genre: Short
Director(s): Chan-wook Park
  3 wins.
20 min


- ...a company worth more than the GPD of Fiji...

- ...the biggest conglomerate in China.

- We need a closer on this one, Stephen.

- They've got money to invest but no date to the dance.

No middle men, no phone calls.

Gentlemen. Please.

I've got four faces shouting ten things

and I'm not hearing any of it.

So, the Qi Huan Group is the biggest

conglomerate in China

maybe the world. Fine.

One at a time, please,

what is it you want me to do?

You must meet their president immediately.

We are in no position to pick and choose.

When there's a buyer,

we say thank you and sell.

We need this merger to cut our losses

and get out while we still can.

Our best chance is if we send our CEO

personally, face-to-face.

It's a Chinese thing.

Also, the Project Egg is your brainchild.

Nobody is more qualified.

The president's last name is Lu.

Otherwise, his identity...

Or her...

is a mystery.

Rumor has it that Lu likes riddles,

and respects courtesy

in the most particular way.

He sounds like a very unique man...

Or woman.

We've already requested a meeting,

so expect to hear from them soon...

Good luck then, Stephen.

Look, John, I don't expect them

to understand, but you...

you of all people know that I didn't

develop this technology to get rich.

This is my life.

You want me to hand it over to some Chinese

billionaire I've never even heard of?


You're not wearing

that to the meeting, are you?


But I thought it was a Chinese company.

200 meters underground?

I'm not saying that's crazy but...

Come on, that's crazy!

Meet at 3am?

What's that their time?

That is their time?

Who works at 3am in the morning?

What's that our time?

That's in exactly 24 hours.

What time do I have to be on the flight?

Tamara, that's three hours from now!

I speak with the voice of Mr. Lu.

If there is a creature that thinks

only of the wind its entire life,

what would it be?

I suppose a tightrope walker.

The wind can be

his killer and his savior.

Shall we celebrate by exchanging jackets?

Like after a football match?

They're the same, no?

Are they?

When can I meet Mr. Lu?

What's he like?

Hey, you're killing me!

Please, no. It's okay. I got it.

How have you found your journey so far?

That depends on the destination.

And if there isn't one?

But that's impossible.

In life every journey has a destination,

unless I'm dead.

I lost a bet.


Hey, I saw you look at my cards!

No helping him.

Hello guys, your drinks.

Make your bet.

And for you.


What two things are closest to,

yet cannot see each other?

So what now, Mr. Lu?

Have you reached your destination?

This is a place of death.

So you must mean to kill me?



My favourite time.

Is this still a place of death?

This egg alone could hold up

to a 100 litres of water.

It has all the elements

required for plant life.

It's the perfect fertilizer.

You see, Mr. Lu, if what you have

and what I have become one,

we can turn deserts green.

Now it's my turn to

ask you something, Mr. Lu.

Mine is not a riddle,

just a simple question.

Are you ready to give this to the world,

and ask nothing in return?

Now our journey begins.

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Ayako Fujitani

Ayako Fujitani (藤谷 文子, Fujitani Ayako, born December 7, 1979) is a writer and actress. She is fluent in English and Japanese. Fujitani is currently a guest star as Kyoko, the wife of Takehaya (Hiroyuki Sanada) in the apocalyptic drama The Last Ship. more…

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