2005. China. Wu Wenguang. 150 min.
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2005. China. Directed by Wu Wenguang. This unflinching x-ray of show business, worthy of Billy Wilder, is an odyssey through the dark side of Chinese underground cinema. The film follows a young man from the countryside trying to break into the movies as an actor and screenwriter, a series of young women auditioning for the coveted role of a movie prostitute, and a pirate DVD seller hounded by the police. With this fresh crop of lost dreamers seeking success in the culture industry, Wu offers a pointedly cynical update to his Bumming in Beijing while exposing the exploitive undercurrent of Chinese independent filmmaking—including his own. Courtesy of Wu Wenguang/China Independent Documentary Film Archive. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 150 min.