NC16 / Chinese / / 179 min
NC16 / Chinese / /
Director: Qiu Jiongjiong
|Cast: YI Sicheng Guan Nan Qiu Zhimin
|Release Date: 28 November, 2021
|Running Time: 179 min
|Distributor: Film Festival Organizer
One evening in the 1980s, Qiu Fu, a leading clown-role actor in 20th-century Sichuan opera, is killed in an accident and must reluctantly set off for the Ghost City under escort of two underworld officials. Along the way, he meets old friends. As they recall the past, earthly scenes creep into the mists of the underworld. Qiu Fu`s life in opera unfolds against the backdrop of a secular upheaval. The "New-New" Troupe in which he grows up and learns his trade is affiliated with the military. As power shifts, the troupe is cast loose to wander rootlessly through a broken world. Despite this unsettled destiny, shaped by war, famine and political turmoil, Qiu Fu becomes one of the finest clown-role performers in Sichuan opera. And yet, one day he finds himself clapped in a pigsty as a political revolution rages outside.