<Welcome to Shanghai Destination>
86mins, 2003, fiction
Director: Andrew Cheng
Cast: Yang Zhiying, CuiZi’en, Zhou Yi
A story about: A long-hair “call-boy” from Shanghai, an once member of the “Young Intellectuals” and now a mid-aged proﾭcuress, a bald metamorphic customer, a Laid-off woman worker who sets up a clinic for venereal diseases and works as part-time actress, a disguised murderer, a Shanghai born prostitute, the gay husband of that Laid-off worker, a passed-by Yunﾭnan girl, the quiet son of the woman workﾭer, a beautiful girl from some other place and her boyfriend.
Being considered as “the most expectﾭable new come director in China” by News Week (U.S.), LA Times (U.S.), BBC, Channel 4 (U.K.) and Der Spiegel (Germany); South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) said that “he’s playing a leading role in the new cinema in china”; Christoph Terhechte, President of Youth Forum of Berlin Film Festival, praised him as “ achieving as one of the most successful new director in the world by only 2 films, and the most expectﾭable director in china.”
Recently, films without a fixed protagonist become more and more popular, such as ‘Babel’and’Crash’. The success of ‘Babel’ should thanks to Brad Pitt, and ‘Crash’ benefited by the Hollywood movie proﾭduction system. ‘Welcome to destination Shanghai’ don’t have a fixed protagonist, neither, and it was shot much earlier. But without stars like Brad Pitt and without the ﾭprise this year. Hong Kong media call it “III class movie win the awards.” 11