Who am I? Where I’m from? Where I’d like to go?

  • Ding Cheng
  • Ding Cheng
  • Yingtong Liu
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    1 hour 33 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 12, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    500,000 USD
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Director Biography - Ding Cheng

Ding Cheng, Born in 1986,Jiangsu,China

He is a poet , an artist and a director

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This film tries to interpret the ultimate proposition which exists eternally in human society - Who am I? Where I’m from? Where I’d like to go? The hero “Yao” (in Chinese it means “Want”) lives a wealthy life with affectional abuse, bizarre behaviors and a kind heart. Due to the death of a Japanese friend, he accidentally becomes a painter, but nobody understands his works, combined with the unexpected love betrayal, all the friends and relatives desert and leave him. Unprecedented confusion pushes him into an absurd life journey ...

The story develops around Yao’s pursue of the new values of life. In the very picture of contemporary culture with Chinese characteristics, various people appear on stage, including impractical philosopher, ascetic Buddhist nun, theoretic Taoist priest, whore, tramp, thief, poet, beggars and so on. At last, the hero Yao goes to Shanghai for listening to the Gospel in a church, under the guidance of the soothsayer. However, he does not wake up but feels that religion is as absurd as everyday things. Just when he feels lost and uncertain about his life, he meets a successful businessman who is his former schoolmate, around whom there are all the slaves of money, captious orators, old-fashioned moralist-artists ... Finally, Yao unfolds the painting in a pigpen, with all the people giving snickers. And when Yao puts his head into the noose and gets ready to die, he comes to realize what is life; however, a pig is dashing against the stool under his feet ...