26.9. - 5.10.2019

This Worldly Life China 2015 | 95 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour | FF 2015

Zhai Yixiang

ZHAI YIXIANG (*1987) grew up inXuzhou in the North-East of China and studied at the University of South-West China in Chongqing. He then started work in the film and media industry. After two shorts and a documentary, This Worldly Life is his first feature film.

rated for 0 + years
The Buddhist monk Shuangquan is having to come to terms with the disintegration of his world: his abbot has fled, swindlers disguised as monks have turned up in the area and are robbing the faithful and the area where the temple stands has been approved for demolition. Reason enough for Shuangquan to leave his religious life behind him and start an extremely secular life among petty criminals and prostitutes. Yet he keeps searching for his place in the world. Di Yixiang's impressive debut casts a melancholy look at the changing face of China and finds an ideal mirror for the sadness of his pictures in the face of his lead actor.

This film is part of the special series "Chinese Independent Cinema".


Orig. Title: Huan Su
Filmtype: Fiction Feature
Original language: Chinese
Section: Asia Express
Director: Zhai Yixiang
Screenplay: Zhai Yixiang
Cast: Wang Pei, Qiu Endian, Huang Hui, Li Qianyi, Sun Huanzhong, Shao Hehe, Li Renhua, Sha Tang
Producer: Li Ruoyu
Sprachfassung: OV with German subtitles
Camera: Li Chunyu
Set Designer: Zhai Yixiang
Cutter: Shi Xiaofei, Zhai Yixiang
Format: dcp
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Production: Blackfin Beijing Culture&Media Co., Ltd.