To the accompaniment of a cheerful Chinese tune, a man falls from an apartment block in the opening scene. His face smashes upon the camera, turning the image blood red. Above his head, a drone appears. "Life consists of falling down and standing up", a mechanical voice says. "It is wrong to commit suicide. There’s no problem so great it can’t be solved. We always must stay positive." What follows is equally dizzying; in three non-chronological parts spanning decades, Ho Wi Ding shows what (and which women) led the tragic protagonist to his desperate deed.

Cities of Last Things, Ho's first Chinese film – his debut Pinoy Sunday (2009) also screened at IFFR – was filmed by French cameraman Jean-Louis Vialard on surplus 35mm Fuji film stock. The colours of this dystopian world, where government control is massive, splash from the screen; the editing is brutal, the tone deceptively light. Awarded at Toronto Film Festival.

Screenings

  • Fri 25 Jan Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
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  • Sat 26 Jan Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
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  • Mon 28 Jan Cinerama 4
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  • Tue 29 Jan Cinerama 1
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  • Thu 31 Jan Pathé 4
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  • Fri 1 Feb LantarenVenster 4
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Original title
Xing fu cheng shi
Filmmaker
Ho Wi Ding
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Taiwan, China, USA, France
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
107’
Language
Mandarin, English
Producer
Ho Wi Ding, Hu Chih Hsin, Winnie Lau, Alexis Perrin
Production Company
Changhe Films, Hymn Pictures, mm2, Ivanhoe Pictures, Rumble Fish
Sales
Wild Bunch
Writer
Ho Wi Ding
Cinematography
Jean-Louis Vialard
Editor
Ho Wi Ding, Lee Huey
Production Design
Liao Yen-Chou, Maskun
Sound Design
Tu Duu-Chih, Chiang Lien-chen
Music
Rob
Cast
Jack Kao, Lee Hong-Chi, Louise Grinberg, Huang Lu, Ning Ding, Liu Juei-Chi, Yin Shin