13th International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2020

The Music Box


Canada | 11 min 29 sec | Biography, Drama | 2019 | Short Film (Animation) | English

This animated short film is based on a real story and sets in China during the Cultural Revolution in 1967, It is about a young boy Liang Liang, whose family is suddenly taken to the countryside by Red Guards. He can grab the only thing he treasures which is a western-style music box and is careful not to expose it to the red guards since it was linked to western culture. The film mirrors tragedies that befall children and families who are forced to leave their homes due to war, colonization, political campaigns- a situation which is all too common today.


এই এনিমেটেড শর্ট ফিল্মটি একটি সত্য কাহিনী অবলম্বনে নির্মিত। এটি ঘটেছিলো চায়নাতে ১৯৬৭ এর সংস্কৃতি বিপ্লব এর সময়। এই গল্পটি হচ্ছে বাচ্চা ছেলে লিয়াং এর, যার পরিবারকে হঠাৎ করে রেড গার্ডের লোকেরা নদীর তীরে ধরে নিয়ে গিয়েছিলো। সে সময় সে শুধু তার সাথে একটি পাশ্চাত্য ধরণের গানের বাক্স নিয়ে যেতে পেরেছিলো এবং সে খুবই সতর্ক ছিলো সেসময় যেনো এই গানের বাক্সটি সেই রেড গার্ডদের চোখে না পড়ে কেননা এটি পাশ্চাত্য সংস্কৃতির সাথে সম্পর্কযুক্ত ছিলো। এই গল্পটি সেসব দুর্ঘটনার প্রতিফলন যেখানে বাচ্চাদের ও তাদের পরিবারকে জোরপূর্বক তাদের ঘরবাড়ি ছাড়তে হয় যুদ্ধ, উপনিবেশিক ও রাজনৈতিক কারণে- যা এখনকার দিনেও খুবই সাধারণ ঘটনা।

Original Language

Ce court métrage d'animation est basé sur une histoire vraie et se déroule en Chine lors de la Révolution culturelle en 1967, Il s'agit d'un jeune garçon Liang Liang, dont la famille est soudain emmenée à la campagne par les gardes rouges. Il peut saisir la seule chose qu'il chérit qui est une boîte à musique de style occidental et prend soin de ne pas l'exposer aux gardes rouges car elle était liée à la culture occidentale. Le film reflète les tragédies qui frappent les enfants et les familles qui sont forcés de quitter leurs maisons en raison de la guerre, de la colonisation, des campagnes politiques - une situation qui est trop courante aujourd'hui .

Mr. Joe Chang

Joe Chang is an award-winning director, animator, and artist. He studied at Lu-Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, China and Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan. The animated short film 'The Chinese Violin' was his first animated film. His most recent animated short film is the 'Music Box' released in 2018.

Filmography: 2016—Present Animated a short film Music Box. 2014—2016 2013 2012 2011 Created and written a screenplay of animated short film Music Box. Produced and animated an animated short film Rain Lotus. Produced and animated an animated feature film The Magic Train. Written a script of animated feature film Dragon Tree with Karin Lee and Zhang Zhenxing. Created animation parts for a documentary film Passage of Dreams (Produced and directed by Karin Lee). Produced HD animated film Fantasia China. Produced, directed and animated short film The Mandarin Garden. 2010 Created storyboard for an animated short film Fishing in Shanghai. 2009 Produced, directed and animated short film A Long-distance Call. 2007 Produced, directed and animated short film Madame Zhang’s Dream. 2005 Produced, directed and animated short film Father and Son. 2004 Produced, directed and animated short film China Ink.

Screening Schedule

  • 28 Jan
    04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Alliance Francaise de Dhaka

    Road 3, Dhanmondi

Credits and Casts

Joe Chang
Joe Chang
Joe Chang
Joe Chang
Joe Chang and Yang Li
Joe Chang
Leading Casts

Exhibition & Award History

Best Animation Short Film of the Concepcion Independent Film Awards in Concepcion, Bio Bio, Chile from August 6-9, 2019.

Best Animated Film of Kadoma International Film Festival 2019 in Osaka, Japan from July 26-28, 2019.

Best Short film of Mosaic Festival of Arts and Culture 2019 in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada from August 30, 2019.

The Special Mention of the 7th International Animated Film Festival “Constantine’s gold coin” in Nis, Serbia from July 22-26, 2019.