In Henan, the cradle of Chinese martial arts, stands the country’s biggest wushu academy. Here, hundreds of boys train in hopes of becoming the next Bruce Lee. Novice teacher Lu (Jin Jingcheng) arrives to teach Chinese but soon realises that academic subjects are an afterthought at this school. The accidental agitator becomes increasingly frustrated and concerned about a stubborn bullied student who keeps trying to run away.
Winner of the Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo Film Festival, Huang Huang’s haunting debut feature challenges the mind while grabbing the eye with stunning imagery of local scenery and synchronised martial arts. Decrying political and social conformity, this satirical tale ambitiously references film, music, poetry and wuxia lore to present an uncanny world of both arresting beauty and suffocating cruelty.
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Jin Jingcheng, Hou Yunxiao, Liu Zhihan, Shi Zhi