Chinese director Hu Bo’s film “An Elephant Standing Still” has made it’s theatrical debut. The film is the directors only completed feature length film as the director passed in October of 2017. The film stars Yu Zhang (“Dying to Survive”, “Ciao Ciao”) Yuchang Peng, and Uvin Wang, as a group of wandering souls all interested in the story of the Elephant that sits and ignores the world.

The film has been previously released in theaters and won the “International Federation of Film Critics Prize” at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. The film is awaiting a domestic release, a trailer has been previously released.

Synopsis

In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Manzhouli becomes an obsession for the protagonists of this film, a longed-for escape from the downward spiral in which they find themselves. Among them is schoolboy Bu, on the run after pushing Shuai down the stairs, who was bullying him previously. Bu’s classmate Ling has run away from her mother and fallen for the charms of her teacher. Shuai’s older brother Cheng feels responsible for the suicide of a friend. And finally, along with many other characters whose fates are inextricably bound together, there’s Mr. Wang, a sprightly pensioner whose son wants to offload him onto a home. In virtuoso visual compositions, the film tells the story of one single suspenseful day from dawn to dusk, when the train to Manzhouli is set to depart. (IMDB)

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Hello, my name is Adam Symchuk and I am from Canada. It was during my teenage years that I became fascinated with Japanese film, in particular, exploitation and horror. I carried my fascination with the genre with me as an adult and began to grow a deeper appreciation in various genres from Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China. I hope to grow my knowledge of film across Asia and will continue to explore this through my reviews.