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SHOWCASE

FISH EYES

Directed by Wei Zheng
FEATURE NARRATIVE 78 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE FISH EYES
Set in the months between the Sichuan earthquake and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but far from the latter's hype, this debut film is the story of a father, a son, and the mysterious young woman who enters their lives. Reticent twentysomething Deshui lives with his father in a gritty town in one of China's desert regions. His father scrapes out a living while Deshui stashes away cash he makes through his involvement with a local gang. When the pretty young woman appears by the river where Deshui's father fishes, the man brings her home and she becomes part of the family, though she never says a word.

With a rich subtlety, director Zheng Wei traces the desires, tenderness, and cruelty in the unusual relationship that develops between the trio, achieving a remarkable expressiveness through simple but precise editing and beautiful cinematography. The film never strays from the quiet drama of its characters, but in muted yet poignant ways, Zheng lets their physical and psychological tensions reflect a society whose headlong rush into modernization complicates a system of traditional values. Zheng's unsentimental poeticism and assured direction in Fish Eyes marks him as a promising young voice in China's already robust independent cinema.
Drama
About the Director(s)
Zheng Wei (b. 1979, Zhe Jiang Province, China) earned an MFA in filmmaking from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea. His films include the shorts Summer Vacation—which screened at festivals in Spain, Finland, France, and Korea—The Theater, and Something and Someone.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Showcase
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    78 minutes
  • Language:
    Mandarin
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Gu Xing-Hong, Shi Pei-Liang, Shen Meng-Yao
  • Director:
    Zheng Wei
  • Screenwriter:
    Zheng Wei
  • Producers:
    Fu Chang-Yang, Jun Seong
  • Director of Photography:
    Minho Choi
  • Editor:
    Zheng Wei
  • Sound:
    Lee Jooseok, Kim Won
  • Executive Producer:
    C.J. Lee

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Wei Zheng
    Yaojiang Wencui Yuan 6-602 Room,Wenyi Roda Hangzhou, ZHEJIANG 310012
    Phone: +86 158 6814 2696
    zhengweifilm@yahoo.cn
  • Press Contact
    Jun Seong
    HYPERION Apt. Mokdong Yangch'on-gu, 101-1902 Seoul, 156-756
    Phone: + 82 17 338 1923
    crazyjunn@gmail.com
  • Press Contact
    Wei Zheng
    Yaojiang Wencui Yuan 6-602 Room,Wenyi Roda Hangzhou, ZHEJIANG 310012
    Phone: +86 158 6814 2696
    zhengweifilm@yahoo.cn
  • Press Contact
    Jun Seong
    HYPERION Apt. Mokdong Yangch'on-gu, 101-1902 Seoul, 156-756
    Phone: + 82 17 338 1923
    crazyjunn@gmail.com

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