Urban Boutiq - Underground Fragrance
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Underground Fragrance

2016 Drama 01h15

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YONG LE, a young migrant worker from the south, salvages furniture to re-sell. He lives in a room in Beijing’s Underground City, a labyrinthian former bomb shelter that serves as cheap housing for people looking for opportunity in the big city. But after a bad work accident leaves him temporarily blind, he has to use a rope to find his way around the dimly lit basement halls, until the night he meets a girl at the other end of his rope… XIAO YUN, is a migrant too. She is desperately trying to find new employment so that she can leave her job pole dancing at nights. At ground level, old LAO JIN has been struggling for years to get a decent compensation deal from the authorities who want to demolish his house. His health is declining and his savings are evaporating. Three lives propelled by the « Chinese Dream » intermingle in the vast melting pot of the Beijing metropolis.

Director: Pengfei Song

Casting: Ying Ze, Luo Wenjie, Zhao Fuyu

Language: Chinese (Mandarin)

Subtitles: English, French

Release date: 02/09/2015

Venice Days 2015 - Fedeora Award for Best Film, Busan IFF 2015, Chicago IFF 2015 New Director's Competition - Best Film, Torino IFF 2015, Karlovy Vary IFF 2016

« Pengfei, who asserts there a certain talent for observation and staging, explores in small touches a harsh urban reality, as well as the solitudes generated by these violent mutations. » - La Croix

« This first feature by an assistant and screenwriter of Tsai Ming-liang tells with grace and without pathos how this megalopolis expands by reducing the poorest to the condition of ants. » - Première

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