Fujian Blue

  • 91'
  • China
  • 2007
Weng's stylish début film is situated in the southeastern Chinese coastal province of Fujian were all facets of the modern China can be found 25 years after the start of the 'Open Door' policy. Many men earn money abroad, while there espouses left behind get very bored in spacious new districts. In the neon bathed centres of the rapidly growing towns, international crime is rife.
Fujian Blue was shot on film and that in itself is enough to signal Weng's ambitions in this age of digital independent productions. The result provides a glimpse of the effects of globalisation on China's youth that cannot be compared with any other recent film. The film is made up of two stories that partly overlap. The first, The Neon Knights, is set in Fuqing and focuses on a teenage gang led by 'Roppongi' and 'America' (the nicknames are referring to their fathers' whereabouts), who finance their wild nights out and their urge to consume by blackmailing 'remittance widows' having affairs. It starts getting complicated when they home in on America's mother, a devout Christian as well as a sidekick to human smugglers. The much more subdued second part, At Home at Sea, is set in a poor fishing village where Dragon, one of the gang members, has gone into hiding. While the gang gave him a valuable suitcase to look after, he tries to help his family and get himself smuggled out of the country. (GT)


Director
Weng Shou-ming
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
China
Production Year
2007
Festival Edition
IFFR 2008
Length
91'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Jin bi hui huang
Languages
Mandarin, Taiwanese
Producers
Zhang Xian-min, Weng Xiuping, Lin Fan, Kondo Teiko
Production Companies
Wonderland Pictures, Fantasy Pictures Entertainment, Harmony Film Co. Ltd., Fanhall Films
Sales
Fantasy Pictures Entertainment
Screenplay
Chen Tao, Weng Shou-ming, Lin Yile
Cinematography
Hai Tao, Shang Yi, Wang Yan
Editor
Zeng Jian, Jiang Yong
Production Design
Chen Fei, Weng Yu
Sound Design
Wang Lei
Cast
Luo Jin, Zhu Xiaopeng
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund