U.S. Trailer for Chinese Fantasy Romance ‘Crosscurrent’

Silver Bear for Cinematography

Cheng Cheng Films has released the first U.S. trailer for Chinese fantasy romance Crosscurrent, which won the Silver Bear for Artistic Achievement for cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing.

Written and directed by Yang Chao, this poetic feature was filmed on the Yangtze River, with the crew living on a cargo boat for 60 days to capture the traditional ink-brush painting look of the Yangtze. Starring Hao Qin, Zhilei Xin, and Kai Tan, Crosscurrent opens on October 28 in NYC before expanding to other cities. See the trailer below, along with a poster:

The film won the Silver Bear for cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing

It’s all about metaphor and mood.

Silver Bear for Cinematography

Mysterious, sublime and elegiac, director Yang Chao’s odyssey blends breathtaking images with fantasy, poetry and history to create a complex magical universe. From the Shanghai metropolis to the snow-capped Tibet mountain, Gao Chun steers his cargo up the Yangtze, a river that has nurtured a centuries-old civilization. He comes across An Lu, a beautiful woman who appears in a different identity at every port recorded by a poetry book. As their intimacy grows, he realizes she gradually turns younger as he journeys upstream. He starts to wonder whether An Lu is supernatural or he is traveling in time. After passing a pagoda that reverberates Buddha’s voice, a flooded town reappeared elsewhere, the grandiose Three Gorges Dam and many other places that have been transformed, he finally arrives at the start of the Yangtze, where he unveils the secret of his past and An Lu.