Dreamlike, hypnotic, and—in the sublime images of Mark Ping Bin Lee, best known as Wong Kar-Wai’s cinematographer—unbelievably beautiful, Crosscurrent is an immersive introspective journey manifested in an outward journey up the Yangtze River. Mysterious, sublime and elegiac, director Yang Chao’s odyssey blends breathtaking images with fantasy, poetry and history to create a complex magical universe. From the Shanghai metropolis to the snow-capped Tibet mountains, Gao Chun steers his cargo up the river that has nurtured a centuries-old civilization. He comes across An Lu, a beautiful woman who appears in a different identity at every port recorded by a poetry book. Longing for her company, he realizes she gradually turns younger as he journeys upstream. He starts to wonder whether An Lu is supernatural or he is traveling not only in space but also in time. After passing a pagoda that reverberates Buddha’s voice, a flooded town reappeared elsewhere, the grandiose Three Gorges Dam and many other places where lives have been transformed, he finally arrives at the start of the Yangtze, where he unveils the secret of his past and An Lu.
Sponsored by Jennifer Strode
China 2017 – DCP – 116 minutes
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Director, Screenplay: Yang Chao
Producers: Ha Bo, Jing Yang, Wang Yu
Cast: Hao Qin, Zhilei Xin, Lipeng Wu, Hongwei Wang, Hualin Jiang, Kai Tan
Print Courtesy: Cheng Cheng Films