China | 2017 | 137 Minutes | In Mandarin w/ English subtitles | Genre: Historical Drama
Director: Feng Xiaogang
Writer: Geling Yan
Starring: Huang Xuan, Miao Miao, Zhong Chuxi, Yang Caiyu
Synopsis: Performing art troupe members each face their own trials and tribulations in Chengdu; from escaping a family scandal to dealing with unrequited love, each experiences rejection that shapes their lives in this coming-of-age tale selected to have its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Check out the TIFF news here.
Feng Xiaogang (Beijing, 1958), considered by some to be China's answer to Steven Spielberg, he is the country's top earning director. In the 90s, he shot to fame with his hesuipian (賀㱑片) - comedies produced/released to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which often use Beijing dialect and almost all starring actor Ge You, alter ego of the director. In more recent years, Feng has moved away from the comedy genre to connections on drama and historical films. (His most recent, highly acclaimed directed work include I Am Not Madame Bovary, as well as Mr Six, that he both acted and directed.)