One Second (CTC)
Master Director Zhang Yimou (Red Sorghum; Raise the Red Lantern) returns with a beautiful, moving love letter to cinema set during the Cultural Revolution, in which a man escapes a labour camp for a glimpse of his beloved daughter on the big screen.
China’s Zhang Yimou is a giant of international cinema. His many films, including Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers, and Shadow have cemented his place in history.
With One Second, he offers a powerful reminder of why film matters. A touching drama set against striking desert landscapes and marked by Zhang’s characteristic flashes of humour, this is a fable about how cinema can inspire us.
In this tumultuous time in Chinese history, an unnamed man (Zhang Yi) is sent to a labour camp in desolate north-western China for fighting. Obsessed with seeing a particular newsreel that briefly features his daughter, he escapes and risks everything to get to a screening at the cinema in a nearby village.
In this journey towards a fleeting, cinematic reunion with his beloved daughter, his unexpected companions include a scruffy orphan girl named Liu (Liu Haocun) — pursuing her own secret search for the film reel— and Fan (Fan Wei), who goes by Mr. Movie and is widely known as the best projectionist around. Meanwhile, the villagers are waiting eagerly for the screening to begin.
Exploring each of these characters’ connection to the cinema, and its impact on a wider community, Zhang masterfully melds slapstick humour and deep emotion. One Second marks Zhang’s return to the classic, grand storytelling of his early films. He draws on the specific customs of movie going from China in the 1970s to craft an enduring, universal celebration of the transformative power of film.
Produced by DONG Ping, Bill KONG
Producers PANG Liwei, Steven XIANG
Executive Producers Steven XIANG, JIANG Yuxia, ZHAO Yijun
Associate Producers ZOU Yitian, LI Lin, Peter ZHENG
Line Producer HUANG Xinming
Directed by ZHANG Yimou
Screenplay by ZHANG Yimou, ZOU Jingzhi
Screenplay Consultant ZHOU Xiaofeng
Director of Photography ZHAO Xiaoding
Art Director LIN Chaoxiang
Sound Supervisor TAO Jing
Music by Lao Zai
Editing Supervisor DU Yuan
Starring ZHANG Yi Fugitive
Co- Starring FAN Wei Mr. Movie
A convict is sent to a labor camp in desolate Northwestern China during the Cultural Revolution.
In order to see his daughter in the movie, he escapes and sets off to the cinema in a nearby village.
There he crosses path with a homeless girl who is desperate for the film reel and will steal it by any means.
The enigmatic film reel that sets their agendas apart soon becomes the root of their unexpected friendship.
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