dGenerate Films c/o Icarus Films  |  
(p) (718) 488-8900 | info@dgeneratefilms.com
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
Distributing the finest in Chinese independent film

GHOST TOWN

(Fei Cheng)

WATCH

Mandarin, Nu, & Lisu w/ English subtitles

Minutes: 

169

Director: 

Zhao Dayong

Documentary

2008

|

China

Home

GHOST TOWN

Institutional

GHOST TOWN

Trailer

GHOST TOWN

A remote village in southwest China is haunted by traces of its cultural past while its residents piece together their existence.

Zhiziluo is a town barely clinging to life. Tucked away in a rugged corner of Yunnan Province, Lisu and Nu minority villagers squat in the abandoned halls of this remote former Community county seat. Divided into three parts, this epic documentary takes an intimate look at its varied cast of characters, bringing audiences face to face with people left behind by China's new economy. A father-son duo of elderly preachers argues over the future of their village church. Two young lovers face a break-up over harsh financial realities. A twelve year-old boy, abandoned by his family, scavenges the hillside to feed himself.

  • New York Film Festival

  • Turino Film Festival

  • Museum of Modern Art

  • Flaherty Film Seminar

1/1

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Directed with scrupulous attention to detail by Zhao Dayong"

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

"I do not expect to soon find scenes to match GHOST TOWN's mountaintop funeral, the running along after a rowdy exorcism, or the scanning of faces at the town Christmas chorale. His back to prosperity, Dayong finds hallowed ground."

Dennis Lim, Moving Image Source

"One of the most important films to have emerged from the booming (but still underexplored) field of Chinese independent documentaries"

Chris Berry, Goldsmiths University

"Has a strong sense of historical consciousness, an eye for unique material, and a real sympathy for the people in the film and their tough lives"