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Changfeng Town (2019)

124 min - Drama - 21 July 2019
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Changfeng Town is located in an inconspicuous corner of China. The townspeople know each other well and are content with life. Airplanes pass by the town from time to time, reminding people of an unknown outside world. Many things in town exist in solitude – the cinema, the dentist, the Auto repair shop, the news office, and the elementary school. The townspeople are unique and full of eccentricities. They each has a story of their own: The domestic problem of the aimless Redhead, the secret between the dentist and his son, the unrequited love of cinema ticket-seller Cai-Xia, the loneliness of the crippled Xi-Shan and the humdrum life of the Mayor. A few mischievous boys wander in and out of these little stories, eventually with the coming-of-age and departure of one of these boys. The film tells in five intertwining chapters, always filled with joy and sadness but never without hope.

Director:  Wang Jing
Writers:  Wang Jing
Stars:  Gang Chen, Han Chen

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Changfeng Town is located in an inconspicuous corner of China. The townspeople know each other well and are content with life. Airplanes pass by the town from time to time, reminding people of an unknown outside world. Many things in town exist in solitude – the cinema, the dentist, the Auto repair shop, the news office, and the elementary school. The townspeople are unique and full of eccentricities. They each has a story of their own: The domestic problem of the aimless Redhead, the secret between the dentist and his son, the unrequited love of cinema ticket-seller Cai-Xia, the loneliness of the crippled Xi-Shan and the humdrum life of the Mayor. A few mischievous boys wander in and out of these little stories, eventually with the coming-of-age and departure of one of these boys. The film tells in five intertwining chapters, always filled with joy and sadness but never without hope.


Collections: Wang Jing

Genres: Drama

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Country:   China Singapore
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  21 July 2019

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Wormwood Films

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 04 min

Changfeng Town is located in an inconspicuous corner of China. The townspeople are unique and full of eccentricities.

Changfeng Town is located in an inconspicuous corner of China. The townspeople all know one another and are content with life. Airplanes often pass by the town, reminding people of an unknown outside world.

A rite-of-passage drama set in an imagined version of a small Chinese town – imagine a cross of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s imaginations of mid 20th century Taiwan and Jia Zhangke’s take on 1980s China – Changfeng Town spices up its rural melancholia with moments of amusingly offbeat comedy.

Many things in the town exist in solitude – the cinema, the dentist’s office, the car repair shop, the newspaper office and the elementary school. The townspeople are unique and full of eccentricities. Each has a story of their own: the domestic problem of the aimless Redhead, the secret between the dentist and his son, the unrequited love of cinema ticket-seller Cai-Xia, the loneliness of the crippled Xi-Shan, and the humdrum life of the Mayor. A few mischievous boys wander in and out of these little stories, with the eventual coming-of-age and departure of one of these boys.

Precisely poised right between expansive village epic and charming homespun comedy, Changfeng Town displays remarkable independent director/writer/editor Wang Jing’s impressive range, refreshing originality, and lovely, off-beat sense of humour. The film is in intertwining chapters, always filled with joy and sadness but never without hope.

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Director’s statement

Changfeng Town is, in all, an expression of my own nostalgia of hometown. I wish to reconstruct and depict a long-forgotten town. I wish for audiences to connect emotionally with the seemingly mundane characters in the film. I wish to show the hidden gaps between narratives, which are just as important as the narrative itself. I wish to capture the lyricism of everyday life, composing a film poem from these ordinary lives.

Festivals & Awards

  • Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (Competition), 2020
  • International Premiere: Busan International Film Festival, 2019
  • World Premiere: FIRST International FIlm Festival Xining, 2019 (Competition)
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Project Promotion WIP, 2018
  • Creative Sound Production Award
    FIRST International Film Festival Xining, 2016
  • Script Development Award
    FIRST International Film Festival Xining, 2016
  • Best Young Director’s Project
    China Foundation Wutianming Fund for Young Talents, 2016
  • Asian Cinema Fund for Script Development
    Busan International Film Festival, 2016
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Project Promotion, 2015

 

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