After his father commits suicide by drunkenly jumping off a boat and his girlfriend announces she is marrying another man, Ah Li is left alone. Not much changes in his life. His primary activities are smoking and drinking beer; occasionally he watches some porn.
Looking for diversion, he visits a boarding house on a lake. There he meets his old class-mate Monkey and the man’s mistress Ah Fang. The two quarrel a lot because Monkey won’t leave his wife. Monkey departs and Ah Li and Ah Fang are left to keep each other company.
Yang Heng's films are a kind of antidote to the high speed of modern, big-city Chinese life. Time still passes at a languid tempo in the expanse of the Chinese hinterland, as in the Hunan region where he was born and where he not only shot Lake August, but also his features Betelnut and Sun Spots (IFFR Tiger Awards Competition 2010). The beautiful landscape urges tranquillity. Ah Li finds his feet here gradually but also occasionally with surprising abruptness.

Original title
Na pian hu shui
Filmmaker
Yang Heng
Premiere
World premiere
Country
China, Hong Kong
Year
2014
Medium
HDcam
Length
113’
Language
Mandarin
Producer
Lihong Kong, Yang Heng
Production Company
All Ways Pictures, Xiangxi Yangheng Image Workshop
Sales
Lihong Kong
Writer
Yang Heng
Cinematography
Wang Wei
Editor
Yang Heng, Marie Pierre Duhamel
Production Design
Liu Jinhou, Wang Mazi
Sound Design
Yin Jie
Music
AC97 Band
Cast
Tian Li, Shang Xiaoling