Director: Wu Tianming 吴天明
Cast: Tao Zeru 陶泽如, Li Mingcheng 李岷城
Country: China 中国
Rating: NC16 (Some Coarse Language 些许粗俗语言)
Awards: Nominated for Best Feature Film, 29th Golden Rooster Awards 第二十九届金鸡奖最佳剧情片提名
The film charts the life and trials of You Tianming, a young suona apprentice who goes on to form his very own suona troupe at a time when the traditions of suona music are declining in Chinese society. During the following years Tianming witnesses the decline of ancient traditions, but while suona ensembles break up and fellow musicians gradually drift away to seek work in the city as unskilled laborers, Tianming sticks to his calling, keeping faith with his master’s commitment to the art of suona music. When Tianming’s Master passes away, Tianming plays “Song of the Phoenix” at his graveside, a piece of music played to commemorate only the most venerated members of the community.
The latest film from respected 4th Generation Chinese Director Wu Tianming, who passed away recently in March, is a heartfelt tribute to the traditional artform of suona music, and a reflection on the conflict between modern China’s rapid development and the dying of traditional art forms and practices.
Date: (A) 20 April 2014 & (B) 21 April 2014
Time: (A) 2.00pm & (B) 7.00pm
Venue: The Arts House