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The Female General`s Moustache

A Jin Opera troupe, which has been passed down for several generations, is struggling to survive. They finally get a job, but it is disrupted by a street dance troupe. However, their apprentice, who is about to take over the opera troupe, has a sudden idea to add some trendy elements from street dance troupe to seek development.
The ancient stage seems to have a magical power and senses his desire, and one after another, they bring Mu Guiying from movies, games, and anime onto the stage to perform《 Lady General Mu Takes Command》, which also makes him grow a beard as a female role performer.
The beard scares the apprentice a little, but he doesn't understand the meaning behind it and is obsessed with recruiting three young Mu Guiyings to contribute to Jin Opera, only to be backlashed.
After the apprentice failed to bribe, he decides to attack the three Mu Guiying, but he is finally defeated due to his lack of ability.The young Mu Guiyings advise him to surrender, and he finally realizes that his actions will only accelerate the demise of Jin Opera, so it is better to let nature take its course.

  • Disheng Zhang
  • Disheng Zhang
  • Wenhui Li
  • Li Yin
  • Hao Qin
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  • Jiawei Nan
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  • Tao Guo
  • Kun Yang
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    18 minutes 35 seconds
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    September 26, 2022
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    15,000 USD
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Director Biography - Disheng Zhang


Zhang Disheng was born on October 26, 1986. He graduated from the Journalism Department of the China Institute of Defence Science and Technology in 2009.
In 2014, he was the screenwriter and assistant director of the feature film 《Rebirth of the Earth》
In 2015, he was the screenwriter and assistant director of the feature film 《It's You》.
In 2016, he directed the documentary 《Find the trace of Cheng Hai》 and won the Best Public Welfare Film Award at the 6th Beijing International Internet Film Festival.
From 2017 to 2020, he worked as the executive director of the program 《The Plain China》at China Central Television.
In 2021, he was the screenwriter and director of the short films 《Ha Huo》《Reflection》《Midnight Cabinet Sound》《Temptation》 and 《Goodbye, Mom》.

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Director Statement

During my tenure at the TV station, I have come into contact with many inheritors of intangible cultural heritage, young and old. The elderly ones hold the tradition in awe and strictly adhere to it, while the younger ones are more inclined to seek change and innovation in the rapidly growing economy. But the result is often to make the tradition completely different. Instead of carrying it forward, it accelerates its demise.
Their original intention is to promote tradition in the tracing back to the origin, most intangible cultural heritage was once a trend in the past, but marginalized in the historical process, which is the choice of social consciousness in the era, a necessary law of things development and conforming to the will of Heaven. If the new things are forcibly grafted onto it, it will produce some abnormal national trends that are neither recognized by tradition nor favored by fashion, undoubtedly promoting the decline of intangible cultural heritage, which goes against the natural order.
Therefore, innovation of intangible cultural heritage should be carefully considered, and forms that are neither too monastic nor too secular should be avoided, which will only lead to its downfall. It is better to let it go with dignity.
Based on this, we first established a slightly absurd style for the film.
The space is locked in the old theater, which is the main battlefield of traditional drama. Facing the limitations of space, we need to avoid the feeling of skits in the film. We need to consider the relationship between the camera and the stage, so we set it as the relationship between the public and opera. As the three new-style Mu Guiyings invade the stage, the scene gradually enlarges, symbolizing the process of the public gradually moving away from opera.
In ancient times, drama played the role of educating the people and had the excellent tradition as its spiritual core. Nowadays, many trendy cultures draw lessons from and carry forward these spiritual cores, and thus drama's life is extended. This is also the meaning of having four different forms of Mu Guiyings on the stage in our character setting.