Praise for Bauhinia:
"In the aftermath of September 11th, film student Bauhinia (Jun Li) attempts to edit her thesis project on female infanticide brought about by China's singular child policy in a room overlooking the wreckage left by the fallen Twin Towers. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, the Hong Kong expatriate must choose between bringing a child into a world obsessed with its own destruction and aborting a possible female life.
Director Evans Chan melts the diegetic and real world boundaries to create a space that haunts not only its characters but the audience as well. In "Bauhinia," he captures a side of post 9/11 New York unfiltered by pop media thus consequently more truthful to the human condition"
--- Christopher Claxton, Hawaii International Film Festival
“The peculiarity of the Bauhinia plant -- Hong Kong's emblematic flower -- is that it doesn't reproduce itself through the common process of cross-pollination but rather by putting down new roots from its branches. Ever alert to resonant metaphors, Evans Chan tells the tale of a Hong Kong girl named Bauhinia who is trying to root herself in New York and finds herself grappling with the issues of reproduction, from enforced abortions and sterilisations in China to an unwanted pregnancy closer to home. Meanwhile, this being the end of 2001, her adopted home is facing traumas of its own - the aftermath of the September 11 attacks of the World Trade Centre. As usual, Chan achieves a seamless blend of fact and fiction in Bauhinia to produce innovative, essayistic cinema: a type of film- making in which ideas and emotions cross-pollinate each other.”
--- Tony Rayns (columnist, Sight & Sound)
“A love story about an expatriate Hong Kong Chinese, Bauhinia is a distinquished short feature set in post-September 11 New York where the female protagonist, a film student, works in an editing room that perches above the World Trade Center ruins...Evans Chan has evoked New York of that particular moment with cogent immediacy, as he spins a subtly nuanced yarn about a tortuous romance. If one finds the female protagonist somewhat introspective and self-obsessed, the male protagonist, seemingly simple-minded, is a fun-filled, tenderly loving character.”
--- Shek Kei (Ming Pao, April 14, 2002)
(“War and Images: 9/11/01, Susan Sontag, Jean
Baudrillard, and Paul Virilio,” an essay by Evans Chan)