Director Chen Kaige (Farewell, My Concubine) brings together some of China’s top young actors for semi-autobiographical film From Dust, Flowers Bloom 尘埃里开花. Starring Liu Haoran, Arthur Chen, Zhang Xueying, Chen Wenqi, and Chen Hong, the film is a coming-of-age story set in Beijing. Award-winning cinematographer Cao Yu (Forever Young) rounds up the all-star team. Filming has already begun. This is notably the first film by Chen Kaige to feature both his son Arthur and wife Chen Hong.
I cried three times in the process of editing this review. This sweepingly beautiful but simple ode to Tsinghua University is a tear-jerker for all seasons.
Set against one of the most stunning visuals of the year, Forever Young 无问西东 tells its simple tales with an incredibly romantic lens that makes it difficult not to admire. Director Li Fangfang (Heaven Eternal, Love Everlasting) always manages to play my emotions just right to evoke all my emotions for the world she captures.
The film from centers around four loosely connected stories of six characters (played by Wang Leehom, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Huang Xiaoming, Tie Zheng, and Chen Chusheng) facing their true selves through making difficult choices, from scary ones like life-and-death decisions to the even scarier decision of picking a college major. Continue reading