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ZHANG Lu's "Chongqing" Released Nov. 6

2008/11/06 Source

Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu's third feature "Chongqing" opens in Seoul, Thursday, through art house and independent distributor Sponge Pictures. The film screened earlier this year at the Cinema Digital Seoul film festival.

Originally intended as one half of a feature film about two places, "Chongqing", China and "Iri", South Korea, director ZHANG found enough material in each half to edit two separate films. "Chongqing" is about a young woman, Xuie, who barely gets by as a language teacher and lives were her restless and unemployed father. The city of the film's title is China's most populated, home to 40 million people. Images of shock, black humor, stark sexuality, and poetic contemplation make this film a memorable experience.

Its companion feature, "Iri", is about a Korean man (who plays a minor role in "Chongqing") living in his hometown of "Iri", where a tragedy occurs which causes the town to change its name to Iksan. "Iri" will also be released by Sponge at a later date. "Chongqing" opens at Sponge House in the Joong-Ang cinema venue, central Seoul.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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