Chinese Visual Festival

Back to the Wharf + intro

A noir thriller set against moments in the 1990’s trajectory of China’s rapid economic growth.

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China 2020
Dir Li Xiaofeng
With Zhang Yu, Song Jia, Wang Yanhui
Mandarin with English subtitles

In this noir murder mystery a young man on the run returns to his coastal hometown after 15 years, only to find the past catching up with him. Inspired by real-life criminal cases, acclaimed director Li Xiaofeng’s third feature also explores the rapid economic change that swept China in the 1990s. Beautifully shot and hauntingly atmospheric, the film jumps skilfully between different eras, laying bare the impact of modernisation on traditional values and morality.

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