主演：李秀怡 聂侨 刘奕凯
制片人：沈涟涟 张含蕊 李雨可
Director: Xinyi Cao (Zoey Cao)
Screenwriter: Xinyi Cao (Zoey Cao)
Cast: Xiuyi Li, Nie Qiao, Yikai Liu
Producer: Lianlian Shen, Hanrui Zhang, Brielle Yuke Li
Cinematographer: Huiyi Huang
Genre: Feature Short
Subtitles: Chinese, English
Production Company: Shanghai YiJiaoMi Cultural Communication Ltd. Co.
Aside from odd jobs, Xiao Lin and Chuan Yu work in the soft porn industry for extra income. They live together like sisters and lovers at the same time. One day, a man who requires customized service hires them to play as his wife and daughter for thirteen days. Over the course, however, the relationship among them grows tense. Xiao Lin is disgusted by Chuan Yu having sex with the man as a sweet and passive wife. Chuan Yu dislikes the incest-like intimacy between the man and Xiao Lin as his daughter. One day, Chuan Yu finds a diamond ring in the bedroom, and covets the ring due to being short of money. Xiao Lin and Chuan Yu still try to be themselves in this complicated play. They kiss, comfort, and make love to each other in the kitchen. The man is speechless with rage after finding female pubic hair in his dinner. On the very last day, the man gives the ring to Chuan Yu as an anniversary gift and ‘murdered’ his wife and daughter in this playhouse game. The curtain falls. After the roleplay, the relationship between Xiao Lin and Chuan Yu seems to rot. They start to wrestle as a voice-over suddenly interrupts: ‘Cut!’Then there comes the noise from an invisible film crew. Chuan Yu takes off the ring and tosses it aside. Irresolutely, two women hug each other with a sigh.
导演介绍 Director Biography
Zoey Cao majors in Film & Television Photography and Production at Communication University of China. She is the co-writer of the drama feature, Drifted In Life, co-writer and Director of Photography of the drama feature, Chang’E. The films entered the 9th Chongqing Youth Film Festival, the 2nd Shenyang Film Festival, the 16th Lucca Film Festival, the 11th FICBC – Balneário Camboriú International Film Festival, Odyssey UK-China Film Festival, multiple in-person screenings in mainland China, and the biggest independent Chinese films streaming platform, CathayPlay. She directed and wrote multiple short films, Devour, An Abortion, and A Backstage Conversation. She has won the general champion of the selection of new literary talent by Shanghai Writers Association, the first prize in Shanghai Poetry Creation Competition.
导演阐述 Director Statement
In the sex industry, there is no lack of role-playing and body renting, which makes me reflect on the boundary between truth and falsehood in our daily lives, and the impact left by the family of origin.
Xiao Lin and Chuan Yu are placed in the gap between truth and fiction in this family role-play. Sometimes they are themselves, sometimes they are forced to act like wife and daughter. Being torn apart, their original utopian relationship is eroded. Through this ‘Playhouse‘, I hope we could question: is this patriarchal family happiness? Or, the boundary becomes blurry and non-significant nowadays?
In brief, I hope this short film could challenge some social construction with a feminism delivery. As long as we feel confused, even for a minute, that is a rebellion against things we taken for granted.