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A Song Lament

Drinking tea("cha" in Chinese) was popular in the Southern Song Dynasty in China, and a unique technique "Diancha" was developed. Li Tsingzhao(Casted by Zhu Jiayin), a famous scholar, poet and Artifact collector, and her husband Zhao Mingcheng (Casted by Zhang Tianxiao)favour in and are good at it. One day, when Zhao Mingcheng saw his wife making Diancha, he felt that the moment was very pretty, so he drew her pose on a painting. After completing the painting, Zhao Mingcheng wanted to give it as a gift to his wife, so he came up with an interesting way to tell Tsingzhao that he had found a good painting by chance, and through a Diancha competition with her, the winner would get the painting. Mingcheng's skills are not good, but Tsingzhao offen enjoys Diancha for fun a lot, and the gap is obvious. In the end, Li Tsingzhao won both of the competition and the painting, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the person in the painting was herself, and understood Mingcheng's intentions immediately. In the end, the lovely couple went on a cruise trip to enjoy the evening scenery together, and they were very affectionate at the moment. However, good times never last long...

  • Tsiuyue Chen
  • Zimeng Cui
  • Linhong Wang
  • Zimeng Cui
  • Jiayin Zhu
    Key Cast
    "Li Tsingzhao"
  • Tianxiao Zhang
    Key Cast
    "Zhao Mingcheng/The Boatman"
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    Music Video, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, Musical, Narrative
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 23, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    28,000 CNY
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Shanghai Theatre Academy
Director Biography - YUE MAO

2019 undergraduate student of the Department of Film and Television Photography and Production, Shanghai Theater Academy
Participated in the production of the short film "Accordion", which won the Best Film at the 86358 Jiajiazhuang Film Festival and the Best Film at the 2021 Cross-Strait Youth Film Festival.
Participated in the production of the short film "Arslan", shortlisted for the Mosca Film Festival
The editor of Best TV launched the online drama "Stupid Heir"

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Director Statement

This film combines the quintessence of China, Peking Opera, with movies, and turns Peking Opera into film and television. After the script was written, my first instinct was to use a 4:3 format to shoot a respectful, dignified and beautiful love story. Time goes down, memories go up. Appreciate paintings and tea competition, and enjoy the scenery at night. The beautiful singing, the swaying boat, everything has a poetic beauty endowed by Peking Opera. All happiness will pass with time. This is also the sigh that Zhao Mingcheng, who has experienced countless vicissitudes in his old age, recalls the beautiful past and sighs: enjoy the present, the moment is eternity.