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Blooming Night

Bell Zhong/china/9MINS


Bell is a lonely, twenty-something street guy living in Shanghai. One day, wandering around in a run-down and stinky under path, he sees a pair of bright red heels passing by. The color stimulates something deep in his heart. Out of curiosity, he starts to follow its owner across the city of Shanghai and ends up in an old club where he discovers a forbidden community that he has never experienced with, hence begins to realize his hidden desires.

Jin Fei , Bell Zhong 
Director/Screenwriter/Editor/Bell Zhong
Producer/ Sol Ye, Bell Zhong
Cinematographer/Mary Evangelista
Sound Designer/Laurel Cai
Costume & Make-Up/ Wenjing
1st AD/ Chenxu Wang


Director Statement

Before I decided to shoot "Blooming Night", I was considering more dramatic and convenient storytelling, but I soon realized that's not what I wanted. I have a particular obsession on Shanghai, on lonely people, on the hidden community and their hidden desires. When I lived in Shanghai I used to drive around at midnight, without a sense of destination. One time, I just stopped on a new street and that's how I found out about Lai Lai Club. I was deeply touched by what I saw, and I knew that’s what I wanted to learn and explore on screen.



Director's Bio

Born and raised in Shanghai, China. Bell earned his BA degree in philosophy at Tsing Hua University. He's currently pursuing his Master degree in Film Production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and is taught by celebrated independent filmmakers such as Todd Solondz and Alex Rockwell. “Blooming Night” is his first short film.