Smoke and Fire will be screened together with Tungus
Total Runtime: 100 Min
WANG Tuo China 69 Min PG Southeast Asian Premiere
This conclusion to WANG Tuo’s film tetralogy on Northeast China depicts the deep psychical and psychological ties between countries, peoples and conflicts that span space and time.
In 1948, two Korean soldiers from a Chinese People’s Liberation Army division flee Changchun during the Kuomintang–Communist civil war. Some 150,000 civilians died in this little-known siege, mostly by starvation due to the military blockade. The Jeju uprising of 1948 gradually seeps into the soldiers’ time and space. Notable for its extreme violence and casualties but long suppressed in official histories, it was a harbinger of the Korean War. Meanwhile, a famished scholar in Changchun returns in his mind to the May Fourth Movement of 1919.
Smoke and Fire
WANG Tuo China 31 Min PG Southeast Asian Premiere
In this poetic and layered work about clashing value systems, a death results in a migrant worker’s simmering desire for revenge, triggering further acts of violence.
In two intertwining narratives, a migrant worker alternates between different realities. In the first, depicted through a rapid montage of black-and-white photographs, he explores a film prop warehouse, reciting and rehearsing old tales and traditional texts. The second, shown in languid colour footage, reveals the same worker’s daily routines, his return to his hometown, and a deadly act of revenge.
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