CHINA RETROSPECTIVE 回溯中国
The Wasted Times
CHENG Er | 程耳
China | 123 minutes | 2016 | Fiction | Shanghainese and Mandarin Chinese | English and Chinese Subtitles | 18A
中国 | 123分钟 | 2016 | 虚构 | 上海话、普通话 | 中英文字幕 | 18A
7:00 – 9:15 PM, MON, AUG 13
Innis Town Hall
“He wears cheongsam all year round, drinks tea and enjoys public baths, just like the average middle-class Shanghainese. After years of living in Shanghai, he doesn’t look Japanese at all.”
Set against a chaotic, war torn Shanghai, “The Wasted Times” follows a local crime boss (Ge You) at the receiving end of the Japanese army’s attempt to forge a dubious alliance. When a trusted friend and advisor (Tadanobu Asano) plots against him, he seeks revenge even in the face of a coming war and his flawed outlook on a corrupt system he himself has engineered.
Spanning three separate times during the period, the story details mindsets from various
perspectives, all culminating in a suspenseful and tense finale.
Cheng Er is a graduate of the prestigious Beijing Film Academy and was nominated for directing in the Asian Pacific Screen Awards of 2012 for his film Lethal Hostage. Just as with The Wasted Times, he served as the director, writer and editor of the film. He made his first film in 1999, The Criminals, serving the same roles. His other award-winning Unfinished Girl was made in 2005. The Wasted Times is a long-in-gestation passion project for the director who looks forward to future collaborations with the film’s producers and actors.
- Director’s Name 导演姓名：CHENG Er 程耳
- Principal Cast 主演：GE You 葛优，ZHANG Ziyi 章子怡，Tadanobu ASANO 浅野忠信，DU Chun 杜淳，Gillian CHUNG 钟欣潼
- Screenplay 编剧：CHENG Er 程耳
- Cinematographer 摄影：DU Jie 杜杰
- Editor 剪辑：CHENG Er 程耳
- Art Director 艺术指导：HAN Zhong 韩忠
- Sound 音效：ZHU Yanfeng 祝岩峰
- Music 音乐：Shigeru UMEBAYASHI 梅林茂，GUO Sida 郭思达