Reptiles

When I woke up in the morning, I found my body lying in bed. In an unmarked moment, I tried to remember how I died...

  • Jiang Rui
    Director
    The Weak
  • Jiang Rui
    Writer
    The Weak
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    在地面爬行
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    China
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Antigravity Film Academy
Director Biography - Jiang Rui

Jiang Rui, real name is Jiang Tao,In 2013, the Anti Gravity film group was founded in Beijing, and the experimental image "Reputiles" was shot, which was supported and appreciated by NHK; In 2014, the group participated in the creation of Beijing Wild Child Film industry; From 2018 to 2019, he created short films”NetFriend“and the ”Weak“. The long film "stranger" is being made.

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Director Statement

In this movie,since the hero betrayed his wife,he suffered conscience torture so that became a lunacy,locked up in a lunatic asylum,himself and id and superego in his mind constantly struggle too much,finally he chose to self-destruct. On his deathbed he fantasied out of such a story to comfort himself:he is allured by himself from future to see the illusion in the future,betrayed his wife. but,he can never return to the real world,only can chose to another himself come from more distant future,to kill the current himself and finally bring the chaos to an end.However,self punishment does not make his inner released,he sank into the constantly return to the past kill their endless eons,always wandering in the darkness of dying, never close eyes.
This movie discussed the conflict of good and evil in human nature,elaborated the contradictions of human spirit with the concept of psychoanalysis psychology,that is to say: original sin and conscience, there is no perfect man, nor a pure evil.Human become evil,not only the law of the world can punish them, as well as their spiritual torture, come from the fear of religion. Self discipline usually is more profound than any moral principle.