Films

The Conformist

The Conformist, "Bing Zhi Xia"

Synopsis

Director

In a small county of Northeast China, Bo, a 40-year-old man, struggles at the bottom of the society, making a living by selling information to the police. Once by accident he gets a pistol, which arouses his desire to rob an illegal casino.  However his plan fails. Being afraid of being involved into the homicide, Bo escapes to a small city in the far east of Russia. In that very city, he comes across a woman named Bingbing. After one-night stand, Bo breaks into Bing Bing’s apartment, occupies both her house and her life. Since then they two get stuck in a twisted relationship. They get tangled up with each other but cannot help feeling themselves degenerated at the same time. Love hurts at last, which lets Bo be vaguely aware, how numb his soul already becomes. A little awakening begins to rise, Bo attempts to face the life with courage and sacrifice, but the secular life overwhelms him with massive force. At the end, Bo seems to become as strong and bold as the tiger, however he cannot escape from his destiny as a nobody. He knows he has to keep on seeking ways to survive, just as the animal in the jungle, just as the conformist in the tide of times.

Cai Shangjun

was born in Beijing and is a graduate of the China Central Academy of Drama. He has worked as screenwriter on the Yang Zhang's awarded films "Spicy Love Soup" (1997), "Shower" (1999), and "Sunflower" (2005), and directed three full-length feature film. "The Conformist" is his latest film.

Filmography

  • Hongse kanbaiyin (The Red Awn, 2007)
  •  Ren shan ren hai (People Mountain People Sea, 2011)
  • The Conformist (2017)

Schedule

25.11.2017
21:30 - 23:56
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 090307
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Film info

Country: China
Year: 2017
Duration: 126 minutes
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Director: Cai Shangjun
Producers: Li Xing, Cai Shangjun
Writers: Gu Xiaobai, Gu Zhen, Cai Shangjun
DOP: Yu Lik Wai
Montage: Kong Jinlei
Composer: Qin Wenchen
Cast: Huang Bo, Song Jia
Production: Fangjin Visual Media Culture Communication
Festivals: Shanghai, Toronto

Synopsis

Director

In a small county of Northeast China, Bo, a 40-year-old man, struggles at the bottom of the society, making a living by selling information to the police. Once by accident he gets a pistol, which arouses his desire to rob an illegal casino.  However his plan fails. Being afraid of being involved into the homicide, Bo escapes to a small city in the far east of Russia. In that very city, he comes across a woman named Bingbing. After one-night stand, Bo breaks into Bing Bing’s apartment, occupies both her house and her life. Since then they two get stuck in a twisted relationship. They get tangled up with each other but cannot help feeling themselves degenerated at the same time. Love hurts at last, which lets Bo be vaguely aware, how numb his soul already becomes. A little awakening begins to rise, Bo attempts to face the life with courage and sacrifice, but the secular life overwhelms him with massive force. At the end, Bo seems to become as strong and bold as the tiger, however he cannot escape from his destiny as a nobody. He knows he has to keep on seeking ways to survive, just as the animal in the jungle, just as the conformist in the tide of times.

Cai Shangjun

was born in Beijing and is a graduate of the China Central Academy of Drama. He has worked as screenwriter on the Yang Zhang's awarded films "Spicy Love Soup" (1997), "Shower" (1999), and "Sunflower" (2005), and directed three full-length feature film. "The Conformist" is his latest film.

Filmography

  • Hongse kanbaiyin (The Red Awn, 2007)
  •  Ren shan ren hai (People Mountain People Sea, 2011)
  • The Conformist (2017)