A New Old Play
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This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray. The limited edition slipcover (designed by Qiu Jiongjiong) was limited to 1,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the slipcover.
Named after Yasujiro Ozu’s custom-made, tatami-level, crab-like tripod, Kani is a new home video label dedicated to leveling the gaze and furthering the understanding of Asian cinema in North America. Focused on genre-defying films, Kani aims to expand the canon, bolster up-and-coming filmmakers and reintroduce repertory classics in context. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!
Qiu Fu, the most renowned clown of Sichuan opera, has reached the netherworld. Welcomed by Ox-Head and Horse-Face, shepherds of the dead, he recounts his life with the “New-New” opera troupe before his turn at the Bridge of Forgetfulness. Starting in the 1920s, Qiu’s tale melds with China’s tumultuous century into the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Great Leap Forward, and other socio-political revolutions.
Inspired by his own grandfather’s life, Qiu Jiongjiong’s A New Old Play is a sumptuous intermingling of personal and national history. It transforms China’s many pivots into a vaudevillian theater of its own, culminating in a spiritual rumination on the passage of time and the role of the artist forced to weather the storm of history. Drawing from his background as a visual artist, Qiu arrives at a masterful, painterly style: flowing tableaux, carefully art-directed sets and ingenious hand-made miniatures bringing the act of remembrance into a delightful, phantasmagorical realm.
directed by: Qiu Jiongjiong
starring: Yi Sicheng, Guan Nan, Qiu Zhimin, Xue Xuchun, Gu Tao
2021 / 180 min / 1.77:1 / Sichuanese DTS-HD MA 5.1