116 minutes | 2016 | Fiction | Mandarin Chinese | English Subtitles

66th Berlin International Film Festival – Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
53rd Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival – Best Cinematography, Best Sound Effects

6:30 PM, SUN, MAY 14
Innis Town Hall

Post-Screening Zoom Q&A with Director

A Berlinale Silver Bear winner from master cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing (In the Mood for Love, The Assassin), this mysterious, sublime and elegiac odyssey blends breathtaking images of the river that has nurtured Chinese civilization with fantasy, poetry and history to create a complex universe. From the spinning Shanghai metropolis to snow-capped Tibet mountains, Gao Chun steers a cargo up the Yangtze and comes across a reversely aging woman named An Lu at every port recorded in a poetry book. He wonders whether she is supernatural or he is traveling back in time. After passing a pagoda that reverberates Buddha’s voice, a flooded town reappeared elsewhere and the grandiose Three Gorges Dam, he finally arrives at the start of the river and unveils the secret of his past and An Lu.


Graduated from the Directing Aparrment of Beijing Film Academy, known for Run Away (2001), Passages (2004) and Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema (2014).

2001 Screenwriter and Director of the 35mm feature short Run Away (30 mins)
Cinefondation Award from Cannes Film Festival in 2001

2004 Screenwriter and Director of the 35mm film, Passages (120 mins)
Caméra d’Or (Golden Camera) from Cannes Film Festival 2004

2015 Screenwriter and Director of Crosscurrent (116 mins)
Silver bear winner for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in Berlin International Film Festival


  • Director: YANG Chao
  • Principal Cast: QIN Hao, XIN Zhilei
  • Executive Producer: YANG Jing, WANG Yu, SHEN Peijin, SONG Xianqiang, ZHU Kaiying, JIN Yue
  • Producer: Wang Yu, YANG Jing, HA Bo
  • Screenplay: YANG Chao
  • Cinematographer: Mark Lee Ping-Bing
  • Editor: YANG Mingming, KONG Jinlei
  • Sound: FANG Tao, HAO Zhiyu
  • Music: AN Wei
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