I’ve seen my share of web series (though I’ve avoided popular shows like The Guild because, I don’t know, I can’t be too hip, right?) and unless they’ve got some huge name or company attached, they’ve mostly consisted of bad acting, and low quality production. But the multitude of online shows have always featured super awesome creativity, and I love to watch how aspiring writers, directors and producers have taken their careers into their own hands by putting their original works up on the Internet. If anyone denies that this new genre of story-telling lacks value, then they’re looking in the wrong direction.
So meet Lumina, an upcoming web series from Jennifer Thym who seems to combine super awesome creativity with some super awesome sets, actors and production value in a super awesome Hong Kong. The trailer is a bit unclear as to what exactly the show is about (whoa, there’s a guy in a mirror?), but their website summarizes the premise nicely:
Lumina Wong is beautiful but works far too much; although she lives in a city of millions, she still feels lonely and isolated. Late one night, Lumina has a chance encounter with Ryder Lee, a handsome young man from another world that she can see in mirrors and darkened window reflections. She revels in the fantasy relationship until mirrorspy Eben Sanchez comes into her life, warning her of the treacheries of the people of the Dark Realm. Soon Lumina must choose between the safety of the world she knows and the deadly allure of the unknown.
Is this a thrilling new Asian horror story or a dark fantasy? Maybe both? This ain’t no Memoirs of an Online Geisha, people! I don’t know anything about cinematography, but the trailer featured some pretty crazy shots…and some hot actors. Woot!
The series premieres this summer and stars Juju Chan and Michael Chan.