Interview with Filmmaker Qiyu Mary Zhou (THE KOI)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

THE KOI played to rave reviews at the Action/Crime/Thriller Festival in May 2020.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

Qiyu Mary Zhou: “The Koi” is a romantic crime drama that is about a juvenile delinquent who falls deeply into a tabooed unrequited love with her teacher who happens to be an ex-gang member. I always wanted to tell a coming-of-age story that sheds blood in a school hallway. Growing up on cult films made by Japanese director, TAKASHI MIIKI, truly helps me with my creative choices.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took less than a year. The biggest portion of the time was spent on writing the script and revising it. The physical prep-production, like casting and location scouting, started…

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