All four stories take place in a small town called Yong′an Town in southern China. Ye, a 6-year-old boy, is eager to grow up because of drastic changes in his life. However, he does not know that he has to pay the price for growing up. Liu Tong, a high school student, falls in love with a girl on his way back to his hometown. Meanwhile, “Little Stone”, his middle school classmate, also likes him. After realizing that the girl he has a crush on is out of his league, Liu Tong comes to “Little Stone” and expresses his affection for her instead. Middle-aged butcher, Zhang, wants to begin a brand-new life with Liu Aizhen, the owner of Yong′an Cuisine. Nevertheless, Liu Aizhen seizes an opportunity and decides to move to the big city and a new life. In her mind, life in Yong’an Town will always be old. Lao Yao is a nihilist and he thinks everything is all “the same”. Before he dies, he recalls his past life and realizes that he has never really lived even once.
- Kang Chunlei
- Wei Shujun
- Wang Jiehong
- Mathieu Laclau
Whenever I read a script, I am sure it is created with all of the writer’s heart. Set against the same background, the four chapters seem unrelated, but connect with each other deeply and secretly, to an extent; an untold first love, a boy eager to grow up, a hopeless remarriage, and a sudden realization of the meaning of life; all of which take place in Yong’an Town. In my mind, Yong’an Town is a place which is always full of mist, and used to be bustling but has gradually wasted away. The people who live here will never leave or be cheered up by anything. Life moves on without any disturbance and even if people can feel the passage of time, they do nothing. The tempo of life in this fictional town will give the temporal dimension of the movie a kind of special grace and make the running-time of the movie elapse through some unknown force. I emphasize that this story will reach into every person’s inner world and reflect the relationships between themselves and the lives they are living. The story is philosophical cinema in that, in such a time and space, it questions how people see their lives. The film will be realistic, subtle and full of poetic emotion.
- SHANGHAI CRESCENT PRODUCTION
These shifts in tone are subtly navigated within the consistent visual framework afforded by Wang Jiehong’s elegant cinematography and Matthieu Laclau’s typically precise editing.
Drama happens everywhere, no matter if it’s inside or outside. One just needs to pay more attention to notice where that real drama happens.
Wei Shujun is an up and coming Chinese director. Wei’s works are subtle, realistic and natural. Wei went to the Communication University of China, majoring in directing. STRIDING INTO THE WIND (2020), a feature, was officially selected at Cannes FF after ON THE BORDER (2018), a short, won a Special Distinction Award at Cannes in 2018. His latest is the film RIPPLE OF LIFE (2021), which was recently selected at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.