A COB program presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with the Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival
Wang Chao’s meditative drama weaves a spell that lingers long after its last frame has faded to black. A wealthy Beijing businessman travels to a poor, remote village in Yunnan to search for the body of his son who has died in a river-boat accident. Bit by bit the out-of-towner learns that life in the village is not as “untouched” as it seems. Like the river that runs by the village, powerful currents roil from afar.
Written and Directed by Wang Chao 王超
CAST WAKE LI 李娃克/ZIQI YI 易子琦
SHUHUI ZHANG 張書會
Length 96 mins
Live performance of Naxi music by master artist He Jianhua
He Jinhua will demonstrate and discuss Naxi (纳西) folk music before the screening of Wang Chao’s River’s Edge, a film shot on location in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. He Jinhua is a member of the China’s Naxi (纳西) people, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group who reside mostly in and around Lijiang, a mountainous area in northwest Yunnan province. Numbering just over 300,000, the Naxi live close to or interspersed with other ethnic groups, including Han, Bai, Yi, Lisu, and Tibetans.