Plastic City

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    Plastic City

    Dang kou

    Directed by

    Brazil, China, Japan

    2008

    118 min

    • Japanese
    • Mandarin
    • Portuguese

    Thriller

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    Liberdade, Sao Paulo – a multi-ethnic neighborhood with the largest Japanese immigrant community in the world. Here, traditional Japanese achitecture clashes with the gritty urban landscapes, while people of all races come here to do business – legal or illegal. This is where the story of PLASTIC CITY begins… Yuda, a feared Chinese outlaw, and his adopted son Kirin, an impulsive young dreamer, together rule the pirated goods racket in the ultra-liberal Brazilian metropolis. The magnate and his heir control all of Liberdade, from rival gangs to street hawkers, corrupt politicians to erotic dancers. But an empire that takes years to build can also crumble to the ground with one fatal mistake… A conspiracy between politicians and the mafia begins to threaten Yuda’s power. Little by little, he loses control of his business and is ultimately arrested. Kirin struggles to re-conquer his father’s honor, fighting this city’s wars singlehandedly. But Yuda, tired of the bloodshed and feeling the weight of his years, abandons his son, falsifies his own death and returns to the jungle in a last attempt to put an end to his criminal life. Escaping from a complex maze of violence, Kirin sets out to find his father. In the mysterious jungle, father and son both have to wipe the slate of their past clean. Only in the end will Kirin discover the ultimate answer to the search for his own destiny.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Joe Odagiri
    Anthony Wong
    Huang Yi
    Tainá Müller
    Jeff Chen
    Phellipe Haagensen
    Antônio Petrin
    Milhem Cortaz
    Alexandre Borges
    Cláudio Jaborandy
    Screenplay
    Yu Lik Wai
    Fernando Bonassi
    Cinematography
    Lai Yiu Fai
    Editing
    Wenders Li
    André Finotti
    Music
    Fernando Corona
    Yoshihiro Hanno
    Production
    GULLANE
    Production
    XSTREAM PICTURES
    Sales
    CELLULOID DREAMS

    Press

    Yu has a fantastic eye and an interesting sense of character and story and is definitely one to keep a close eye on going forward.

    Todd Brown, Screen Anarchy

    Lik-Wai Yu

    Lik-Wai Yu

    Hong Kong

    Born in Hong Kong in 1966, Yu Lik-Wai graduated from Belgian film school INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle) in 1994, majoring in cinematography. His directorial debut was the medium-length documentary NEON GODDESSES (1996). He attracted international attention with LOVE WILL TEAR US APART (1999), in Competition at Cannes Film Festival. He then directed ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES (2003), selected for Un Certain Regard at 2003 Cannes Film Fesxval, and PLASTIC CITY (2008), in Competition at the Venice International Film Festival. As a cinematographer, Yu Lik-Wai has shot all of Jia Zhangke’s films to date, from XIAO WU (1997) to I WISH I KNEW (2010). He has also collaborated with Ann Hui on ORDINARY HEROES (1999), and A SIMPLE LIFE (2011), and Lou Ye on LOVE AND BRUISES (2011), amongst others.