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King of Peking

Jing cheng zhi wang

Gateway | Dragons & Tigers

At the height of the DVD boom, a Beijing projectionist holes up in a theatre basement and bonds with his young son by bootlegging and redubbing blockbusters. But the black market is rife with pitfalls for such misguided pirates, ensuring that this open-hearted love letter to cinema elevates its stakes (and charm) with each subsequent scene. Sam Voutas’ wry, nostalgic comedy-drama "highlights the exhilarating, protective and terrifying lengths parents will go for their children… Think Cinema Paradiso meets (a better) Be Kind Rewind."—Jason Newman, Rolling Stone

"A must-see gem of a comedy… King of Peking is set in China’s capital 20 years ago, in the summer of 1997, just as the mainland was reunited with Hong Kong… [Director] Voutas and wife and producer Melanie Ansley—whose first film together was the equally charming Red Light Revolution—are, as expatriates who grew up in China, at the vanguard of a hopeful, if small, opening-up of China’s still rigidly controlled movie industry. Though raised in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively, Voutas, who is Australian, and Ansley, Canadian, bring an international storytelling sense to a distinctly Chinese scenario."—Jonathan Landreth, chinafilminsider.com

Best Director, LA Asian FF

Director Sam Voutas
Country of Origin: China/Australia/USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 88 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Chinese with English subtitles
Cast: Zhao Jun, Wang Naixun, Han Qing, Si Chao, Geng Bowen, Yi Long
Executive Producer: Lisa Chang, Jesse Veverka
Producer: Jane Zheng, Melanie Ansley
Cinematographer: Seppe Van Grieken
Editor: Sam Voutas
Production Design: Liu Xinmin
Art Director: Shan Changbin
Production Company: Peking Pictures / Seesaw Entertainment
Print Source: Peking Pictures
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