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The Shadow Play

China|2018 |124min |Korean Premiere |

  • 스릴러
  • 범죄/느와르
Code Time Theater Rate GV Ticketing
411 7/13  13:30 CGV Sopung 4 15
629 7/15  20:00 CGV Sopung 8 15
411 7/13  13:30CGV Sopung 4
629 7/15  20:00CGV Sopung 8

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Program Note

This film is set during a riot of displaced people objecting to the demolition of their homes. The Shadow Play shows roaring excavators, falling telephone poles and collapsing walls, and people colliding, all through hand-held cameras and fast changing cuts. Tang Yijie, a representative of the government’s Urban Construction Committee, is found dead having fallen from a high-story building, and newcomer detective Yang Jiadong (Jing Boran) investigates the case. He reveals that the relationship between Tang Yijie and his wife, Lin Hui, and their daughter Nuo (Ma Sichun) was not great.

 Director Lou Ye said, “This film will help us remember both our time and us.” He depicts the destroyed Xian village and the massive uprising that happened while a new town centered on Guwangzhou was being built. News reporting on this event was banned, so even Guwangzhou citizens didn’t know about it. As The Shadow Play reveals the naked truth of the ravaged China hidden behind material prosperity, and most surprising is that it passed China’s censorship and was released in China, despite major difficulties in production. (Ellen Y.D. KIM)




Suzhou River (2000) garnered numerous awards and accolades, including the VPRO Tiger Award at the 2000 Rotterdam Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the 2001 Filmmax Festival in Tokyo. Purple Butterfly (2003) was selected in competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. 


Producer Nai An, Lou Ye
Screenplay Mei Feng, Que Yujie, Yingli Ma
Cinematographer Jack Pollack
Editor Zhu Lin
Sound Steve Miller, Fu Kang
Production Design Cheng Zhong
Sales Dream Factory Limited

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