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CHENG Jialiang

Asian Premiere 亚洲首映

Film Sketch

电影速写

影片主要围绕着一位艺术家试图去对《刺杀汪精卫》这部好莱坞式电影进行改写,为此拜访了南京的故人刘老师。讲述了片中几位角色对汪精卫这个争议人物的议论、同情、闲聊之间,不断让历史的鬼魂得以显现又瞬间消失的“故事”。

对汪的讨论,实际上是对巨大不可抗力下,两难处境的讨论,而这折射的是所有人都可能的普遍境遇。处在中国社会变革节点上的人们,都会被进步/保守或东方/西方这样的抉择牵绊,整个国家也在这种状态下摇摆,走走停停,甚至时而倒退,事与愿违。

影片似乎是对历史的涂涂写写,类似速写。也是在南京这个民国历史遗骸内的一次漫步。

Wang Jingwei, one of the leaders of Kuomintang (KMT), was responsible for drafting Sun Yat-sen's will. Active in Chinese politics throughout the 1930s and 1940s, he presided over the establishment of the Puppet Nationalist Government during the Second Sino-Japanese War, ultimately helping maintain the operation of the occupied zone. During his four years of leadership in Nanjing, there were multiple assassination attempts on Wang Jingwei.

The film follows the undertaking of one artist to rewrite the Hollywoodesque film – The Assassination of Wang Jingwei (1988) – starting with a trip to Nanjing to a visit a friend named Mr. Liu. It tells the ‘story’ of the appearance and then disappearance of such a controversial figure in history, delving into the discussions, empathy and gossip regarding Wang Jingwai.

A discussion of Wang is, in fact, a larger discussion of the great force majeure; a modern day reflection of a dilemma that anyone could potentially be faced with. In terms of social change in China, people are routinely bound to choices somewhere between progressive and conservative, East and West. The whole country teeters, moves forward, pauses, and even goes backwards at times when things don’t go according to plan.

The film is more than a historical charcoal sketch. It is a tour of Nanjing, and a glimpse at the remnants of the Republic of China.

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