Somewhere under a cloudy sky in an undefined corner of the North Chinese provinces, a shifty salesman arrives in a desolate little town. His case is full of miracle soap, whose aroma is seductive and its effects devastating. But the salesman’s dodgy deals aren’t the only shady things going on in this town, where even the local policemen and monks don’t take the law or the truth that seriously. Geng Jun confronts the protagonists in his very black comedy with an absurd world that they can only counter with dry humour and a laconic attitude.
GENG JUN (*1976) was born in the North-Eastern Chinese province of Heilongdjiang and moved to Beijing to become part of the independent film scene there. His films have won international awards, including the Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Festival for Free and Easy.