Filmed over five years from 1997 to 2002, Yang’s first black and white movie tells the story of Zhuzi, a young intellectual, who has consulted countless doctors over his “illness”. Without any physical symptoms pointing to a definitive diagnosis, one is led to assume that the character’s illness is far more deep-seated and psychologically driven. A central theme of Yang’s work is the urban intellectual’s psyche, the generation who is old enough to remember life before the re-opening of China’s economy, while spending their formative years in a modernizing China. For many, these rapid changes left them feeling estranged from society. The unclear symptoms of Zhuzi refer to this disrupted inner balance – the constant pressure to adapt, which in turn causes a restless dissatisfaction that finally results in an intense but silent psychological drama.
1.21GB | 1h 14m | 720×540 | mkv