“Subwars” by Sean Soong

An old man enters a subway car. Nobody offers him a seat. Violence ensues. Student Sean Soong created this film at Communication University of China, The Animation School.

(Thanks, William Joseph Dunn)


  • Nic

    This is the strangest amalgamation of fandoms I think I’ve ever seen. And it is fantastic.

    Wish I had a more constructive comment, but I love this! The style is beautiful.

  • JM Walter

    But…But Lightsabers don´t cut, They burn and immediately cauterize.
    ..except on that one cantina scene.

    Great Effects Anim and Dinamic camera. Real Spooky ending after the credits too!!

    • Schultz!!!!!

      bloody lightsabres = Tripping the Riff homage.

      Not sure about where the umbrella stuck up the character’s backside came from.

  • http://kicreativestudio.blogspot.com/ Ki Innis

    As China’s economy continues to grow, so will it’s animation industry. Some of China’s leading animation studios had some interesting booths at the Tokyo International Animation Festival last month.

    Honestly still a little rough around the edges quality-wise, but at some point, China’s animation industry will be something to reckon with if things keep going the way they are….

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    That kills.

  • what_in_the_cel

    There’s no question that the timing was great, composition was nice, and the designs are wonderful… but man, I would never hire that story writer.

  • http://4eyedanimation.com Joe Corrao

    technically well done…turned it off by the 2nd killing…but that’s just me.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I was hoping for something at the end that might satisfy my interest in the little kid in this film, but that was not to be.

  • Confuzzed

    If quentin tarantino did star wars… I’m still sure it wouldn’t have been half as crazy mental.

  • http://www.sexymecha.com Hal

    I’m actually curious if there’s a deeper political satire/statement going on here. It’s an old man wearing a communist star on his hat killing everyone, specifically regular commuters/citizen. That perhaps the reason no one’s giving him a seat is modern China ignoring its violent past and he’s exacting retribution? That traditional Chinese are disgusted by the modern lifestyles of urban Chinese? Even the choice of Star Wars is interesting since Lucas’ CG house for Clone Wars is over there – there’s something insidious about the evil bastard slaughtering every one of those classic western icons. There’s something that feels pointed to the violence that makes it so uncomfortable, love to know if anyone has better insight. Maybe its just China’s inevitable domination of our industry being painted overtly… or perhaps its simply a bit of the old ultra-violence. Any which way, sure is purty!

    • Chris Sobieniak

      That’s certainly an interesting point to make here I think most of us probably would’ve gotten right away from the visuals alone. It certainly raises questions of tradition versus modernity that probably goes unnoticed in today’s Chinese society. It’s very uncomfortable and I’ll probably only see it once or twice in a while but that’s about it. It’s great visuals definitely but not a story or issue I may care about.

    • Ryoku

      I highly doubt it, I think that was just there to be there.

  • Rich Tom

    Man, that was tight!

  • http://tfustudios.blogspot.com James Reitano

    Woah!! That was awesome. Damn, China! Looks like we’re gonna have some great animation to contend with.

  • Jay

    The sound design was just as beautiful as the animation, well done!

  • http://www.okgrillo.blogspot.com Oscar Grillo

    I love it!

  • http://farleftside.com Mike Stanfill

    I hope everyone watched it right to the end. Brilliant.

  • http://midnightheist.deviantart.com/ Scott

    I have always wanted to see a violent version of Star Wars.
    This will easily suffice. :D

  • Ryoku

    Hmmm, Made in China you say? Lets sell it on DVD at Wal-Mart!

    On a more serious note, this whole things not really that interesting. I did admire some of the bizarre extras but after that its a fight scene for a film that dosen’t exist.

    Plus, the whole red\white\black tones been done about a dozen times, I always found it more arbitrary than interesting.

    As for the story? In short cartoons like these I don’t ask for much as far as stories or meanings, I’d much rather have a few gags though over mindless violence.