Ripples Across Stagnant Water


Time Out says

Ten years ago, when he made Rickshaw Boy, veteran director Ling Zifeng began a shift from Communist propaganda cinema to much more personal film-making: idiosyncratic adaptations from his favourite literature of the '30s and '40s, centred on strong-willed, independent women, and formed by his interests in visual art, history and sexuality. Much of the present film is as vivid and youthful as anything by Léos Carax. A young woman stuck in a Sichuan backwater town at the turn of the last century marries a grocer but then openly takes a lover; can she hold her own when enemies in the community strike at her and the men in her life? The closing scenes seem choppy and over-compressed, but the film as a whole is clear-sighted, gripping and very beautiful.

By: TR


Release details

95 mins

Cast and crew

Ling Zifeng
Han Lanfang
Cheng Xi
You Yong
Zhao Jun
Xu Qing
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