Young adult Guxi lives with her half-brother Guliang in a somewhat depressing fishing village. They have a good life, almost like a couple. She is a maid at a hotel, he fishes. When an oil spill threatens their income, a friend gets him work and he meets the attractive Qingchang. She brings fun, adventure and a hint of luxury to their lives, but also causes unrest. Her father is a mob boss and Guxi has trouble with the budding romance. Things come to a head when a fisherman dies at sea under suspicious circumstances.

Debut filmmaker Liang Ming fluidly tells this convincing tale, subtly revealing the characters' mutual relations and suppressed, complex emotions. Tension rises naturally, no artifice required and aided by good acting, all in a world that shifts between colourful and warm, and cold and threatening.

Screenings

  • Sat 25 Jan Pathé 4
    With Q&A
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  • Sun 26 Jan de Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
    With Q&A
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  • Mon 27 Jan de Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
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  • Tue 28 Jan LantarenVenster 4
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Original title
Ri guang zhi xia
Filmmaker
Liang Ming
Premiere
International premiere
Country
China
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
104’
Language
Chinese
Producer
Yang Sun
Production Company
Tianjin Happy Entertainment Film Media
Sales
Parallax Films
Writer
Liang Ming
Cinematography
He Shan
Editor
Jolin Zhu, Wang Gaigai
Production Design
Kalun Wong
Sound Design
Rocky Zhang, Emma Long
Music
Ding Ke
Cast
Lyu Xingchen, Wu Xiaoliang, Wang Jiajia, Wang Weishen, Tao Hai