Films

King of Peking

King of Peking, "Jing cheng zhi wang"

Synopsis

Director

The Australian director Sam Voutas – who was raised in Beijing during the 80’s and 90’s – is known to PÖFF audiences for his comedic film „Red Light Revolution“ which screened in 2011. He returns with „King of Peking“, a tender love story between a father and son.

Father and son Big Wong and Little Wong spend their time traipsing around small villages with dilapidated equipment showing Hollywood movies to locals. But when Big Wong is faced with paying spousal support and losing custody of his beloved son, he decides to take up a job as a janitor in an old movie theatre. When he discovers a DVD recorder, he decides to start marking bootleg DVD’s. The business, called King of Peking, begins to thrive, but when Little Wong displays traits that are less than honest, Big Wong begins to doubt the morality of his endeavours.

„King of Peking“ is a joyful and laid back affair which celebrates cinephilia and the simple yet powerful bond between a father and son. Referencing countless great movies from the past, the film trades in nostalgia and reflects upon the shared experiences created by cinema that transcend generations. Voutas films with a slightly ramshackle style which adds an intimacy to the film, while performances from the likes of Zhao Jun – who was also the lead in „Red Light Revolution“ – are delightful.

Sam Voutas

was raised in capital cities across Asia and the Pacific – first in Manila, later in Taipei, then on to Beijing. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia, Voutas’ two student films both won awards at national film festivals in Australia. He has since worked with many of Asia’s brightest and loudest filmmakers: from playing war reporter Durdin in Lu Chuan’s „City of Life and Death“. His second feature film „Red Light Revolution“, which was nominated for Best Unproduced Screenplay at the 2008 Australian Inside Film Awards, were screened also at PÖFF 2011.

Filmography

  • The Last Breadbox (2002, doc)
  • Crash Test (2004)
  • Shanghai Bride (2006, doc)
  • Red Light Revolution (2010, Punane revolutsioon, PÖFF 2011)
  • Jing cheng zhi wang (King of Peking, 2017)

Schedule

24.11.2017
19:45 - 21:13
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 081902
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27.11.2017
18:00 - 19:48
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 110701
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Sam Vuotas, Producer Melanie Ansley
29.11.2017
19:15 - 21:03
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 131702
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Sam Vuotas, Producer Melanie Ansley
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: China, Australia, United States
Year: 2017
Duration: 88 minutes
Language: Chinese
Director: Sam Voutas
Producers: Jane Zheng, Melanie Ansley
Writer: Sam Voutas
DOP: Seppe Van Grieken
Montage: Sam Voutas
Cast: Zhao Jun, Wang Naixun, Han Qing, Si Chao, Geng Bowen, Yi Long
Productions: Peking Pictures, Seesaw Entertainment
Festivals: Tribeca, Melbourne, London, Vancouver

Synopsis

Director

The Australian director Sam Voutas – who was raised in Beijing during the 80’s and 90’s – is known to PÖFF audiences for his comedic film „Red Light Revolution“ which screened in 2011. He returns with „King of Peking“, a tender love story between a father and son.

Father and son Big Wong and Little Wong spend their time traipsing around small villages with dilapidated equipment showing Hollywood movies to locals. But when Big Wong is faced with paying spousal support and losing custody of his beloved son, he decides to take up a job as a janitor in an old movie theatre. When he discovers a DVD recorder, he decides to start marking bootleg DVD’s. The business, called King of Peking, begins to thrive, but when Little Wong displays traits that are less than honest, Big Wong begins to doubt the morality of his endeavours.

„King of Peking“ is a joyful and laid back affair which celebrates cinephilia and the simple yet powerful bond between a father and son. Referencing countless great movies from the past, the film trades in nostalgia and reflects upon the shared experiences created by cinema that transcend generations. Voutas films with a slightly ramshackle style which adds an intimacy to the film, while performances from the likes of Zhao Jun – who was also the lead in „Red Light Revolution“ – are delightful.

Sam Voutas

was raised in capital cities across Asia and the Pacific – first in Manila, later in Taipei, then on to Beijing. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia, Voutas’ two student films both won awards at national film festivals in Australia. He has since worked with many of Asia’s brightest and loudest filmmakers: from playing war reporter Durdin in Lu Chuan’s „City of Life and Death“. His second feature film „Red Light Revolution“, which was nominated for Best Unproduced Screenplay at the 2008 Australian Inside Film Awards, were screened also at PÖFF 2011.

Filmography

  • The Last Breadbox (2002, doc)
  • Crash Test (2004)
  • Shanghai Bride (2006, doc)
  • Red Light Revolution (2010, Punane revolutsioon, PÖFF 2011)
  • Jing cheng zhi wang (King of Peking, 2017)