Impermanence

Yun shui

Zeng Zeng

First-time Chinese filmmaker Zeng Zeng brings her acute moral sensibility to bear in this fascinating Buddhist riddle of a film. Monk Can Chen has a cloudy past, and withdraws from a temple bearing a sack of money. Innkeeper Wang Haili labours under an uneasy conscience while being haunted by his dead wife, Su Mei. Retiree Fang Yiguo has abandoned his son Shangqin, only to find out that emotional entanglements and unacknowledged family sins have unavoidable consequences.

All three are variously drawn to a Buddhist temple in rural Hunan, China, where each discovers that past sins (theft, murder, abandonment) accrue complex karmic debts, whose consequences are as shocking as they are inevitable. A brilliant interlocking structure only gradually reveals the profound and ineluctable moral universe lying behind these lost and desperate characters' fates.

Screenings

  • Cinerama 2
    English subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 3
    English subtitles
    Mon 29 Jan Buy
  • Kino 3
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 5
    English subtitles
    Thu 1 Feb Buy
  • Pathé 6
    English subtitles
    Sat 3 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Zeng Zeng
Premiere
World premiere
Country
China
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
94’
Language
Chinese
Producer
Sheng Zhimin, Wang Yibing
Production Company
Dirty Monkeys Studio
Sales
Dirty Monkeys Studio
Writer
Zeng Zeng, Yang Zheng
Cinematography
Zhong Rui
Editor
Kong Jinlei
Production Design
Du Luxi, Zeng Xingyu, Guo Xingge
Sound Design
Fang Yuan
Cast
Qin Hailu, Yu Tian, Yu Ailei, Gang Jiao, Yang Shanshan, Zhou Chuchu, Zeng Meihuizi