Life after Life

Hong Kong, Berlin Forum 2016, Hong Kong Firebird Award 2016, Tokyo Filmex Grand Prize 2016

First feature film by Zhang Hanyi


Industrial development and the migration of population have seen the gradual desolation of the village with few people left and houses collapsed. Some people die, and some ghosts return. Xiuying’s spirit who has wandered for over a decade returns to the village by borrowing her son’s body.

She wants to move the tree she planted in her husband’s family yard when she got married. Through her eyes of the past, we see the present land, the living people, reincarnation and the intelligential rocks and animals, which are all occupied in someway for different reasons, just like her.


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