- Director: LI Ying
1999 Chinese, Japanese Subtitled in English B&W/C 35mm 120 min
Production Company: Dragon Films Inc.
Producer: ZHANG Yi
Photography: LI Ying
Editing: LI Ying
Sound: LI Yingi
International Sales: Dragon Films Inc.
25th Kyutei Bldg. #805,
3-13-22 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0051 JAPAN
[Festivals and prizes] Berlin (Forum) ’99 (NETPAC Award), St. Peterburg ’99, Yamagata IDFF ’99, Hong Kong 2000 (FIPRESCI Award)
[Synopsis] Visually innovative film about two Chinese exiles in Tokyo. First time feature by an ambitious Chinese director.
The film unfolds around the lives of two Chinese living in Tokyo: Ma, a 95-year-old man who has lived the history of modern China, and Xiong, a woman and an artist who wants dearly to become pregnant. Ma is a cranky man who lives alone, and somehow senses his own lonely death. Xiong’s artwork and lifestyle reflects a will towards life and birth. The two have a close relationship but are constantly fighting each other. Using a compact digital camera, the director creates surreal but intimate images from the daily lives of the two characters. The images are monochromatically colored and create a unique atmosphere.
Born in China in 1963. Started working on documentary as a director at China Central Television in 1984. Came to Japan in 1989 and carried out research on principles of visual anthropology from 1991 to 1993. Since 1993, he has studied Japanese film at Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs on the recommendation of the Directors’ Guild of Japan. He founded Dragon Films Inc. for TV and film production. This is his first feature length film.