Trap Street

  • 94'
  • China
  • 2013
A ‘trap street’ is a street that doesn't exist, placed by cartographers on their maps as a kind of copyright to protect themselves against counterfeiters. Li Quiming, the main character in Trap Street, encounters the opposite.
When a young, somewhat naive intern at a company that makes digital maps bumps into an attractive woman one day, he is unable to find her again. The street where he met her and where, according to her business card, she works turns out not to exist.
A thriller with Kafkaesque elements unfolds at a great pace. Director Vivian Qu subtly comments on Chinese state control through the Internet, telephones and other technology - a highly current topic given the recent NSA snooping scandals and WikiLeaks revelations. Even gadget-addict Quiming, who alongside his regular job installs security cameras to make ends meet, is forced to examine how relative his freedom actually is.
Director
Vivian Qu
Country of production
China
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
94'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Shui Yinjie
Language
Mandarin
Producer
Sean Chen
Production Company
22 Hours Films
Sales
22 Hours Films
Screenplay
Vivian Qu
Cinematography
Matthieu Laclau, Tian Li
Editor
Yang Hongyu
Production Design
Liu Qiang
Sound Design
Zhang Yang
Cast
He Wenchao, Lu Yulai