06-24 November 2019



Spotlight on China
Jianyu Gan


2019 / 103’ / Hawaii Premiere / Mandarin Chinese
First feature


Liu Xiaojun’s (Da Peng) gambling problem is getting out of hand. After betting all of his money away on a fixed poker game, he needs to pay back the loan shark in a few days, or else. Desperate, he heeds the suggestion of his shady friend Wan Lao (Cao Bingkun) to do a job that’s “just on the edge of the law”. But what seems a simple job—to steal a car and take it to the chop shop—quickly becomes complicated when a young girl is found in the trunk. Thus begins his precipitous dive into the gritty underbelly of Chongqing.

VORTEX is a neo-noir action-thriller with a humanistic side and “flawed characters you can believe in and hope will survive their foot and car chases pursued by similarly humanized desperadoes” (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER). This sophomore movie by director Gan Jianyu is also an interesting departure to the normally comedic actor Da Peng.

--Adrian Alarilla

Monday 11 20:45 - 22:33Regal Dole Cannery 14
Saturday 16 15:00 - 16:48Regal Dole Cannery 15
DirectorJianyu Gan.
Cast Da Peng, Hao Ou, Meng Li, Bingkun Cao and Baoliang Sha.
ScreenplayJianyu Gan, Meng Li and Hui Yi.
CinematographerZhiyuan Chengma.
Production designerFeng Yuan.
EditorZhiliang Kuang.
ProductionBlack Ant Film Co., Ltd and Executive Producer: Cao Baoping Producer: MA Wei Presented by: LIU Bo.
DistributorBlue Sky.

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