Are You Lonesome Tonight? (2021)

  • Contemporary World Cinema, Thriller
  • 1h 35m
  • China

Chinese neo-noir Are You Lonesome Tonight? is the impressive debut of talented newcomer Wen Shipei. Produced by star director Ning Hao at his Dirty Monkeys film studio — known for producing China’s new pool of talent — the film features a striking visual style reminiscent of Wong Kar-wai’s early works

Wen’s confident filmmaking translates the language of images into sophisticated, highly evocative storytelling and guides to excellence the performances of protagonists Sylvia Chang and Eddie Peng — as two souls lost in existential solitude, shrouded in a sultry, languid, yet anxious atmosphere.

One stiflingly hot night on a scarcely illuminated road in 1997-era China, air conditioning repairman Wang Xueming (Peng), while driving and checking his pager, runs over and kills a pedestrian. Or so he thinks. Though anguished at what happened, he realizes that his van might be the only vehicle transiting on that road, with a quiet water buffalo the only witness to the accident. He disposes of the body and drives away.

Tormented by guilt and remorse, Wang considers confessing his crime but has a chance encounter with Mrs. Liang (Chang), the victim’s widow with whom he starts an unusual relationship. He can’t tell her what really happened to her husband on that fateful night but he does try to help her in any way he can, as fragments of Mr. Liang’s shady past come slowly to the surface. The life of the man he ran over might not be so clean in the end.

GIOVANNA FULVI

Director

Shipei Wen

Executive Producer

Ning Hao

Producer

Hu Jingxuan

Producer

Wang Jing

International Sales Agent

Wild Bunch

Screenwriter

Zhao Binghao

Screenwriter

Wang Yinuo

Screenwriter

Wen Shipei

Screenwriter

Noé Dodson

Cinematographer

Andreas Thalhammer

Cinematographer

Xiaosu Han

Cinematographer

Cedric Cheung-Lau

Cinematographer

Zhang Heng

Editor

Zhu Lin

Editor

Will Wei

Editor

Dong Jie

Editor

Noé Dodson

Editor

Cao Hangchen

Production Designer

Cheung Siu Hong

Composer of Original Score

Hank Lee

Sound

Tu Duu-Chih

Sound

Li Dan-Feng

Production Companies

Dirty Monkeys Studios

Language

Chinese

Captions

English

Programme presented by
Sun Life