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UNIFORM (Zhifu)

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UNIFORM (Zhifu)

Director: Diao Yinan
China   |   2003   |   92 minutes
Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Filmed on a shoestring budget in the city of Xi'an, Shaanxi province, this deceptively simple first feature perfectly illustrates a Chinese saying "the clothes enter before the person". A young tailor finds his life improving in a variety of ways when he - innocently at first - starts wearing a policeman's uniform left unclaimed in his family's laundry shop. Diao Yinan cleverly layers metaphors without elaborating, but the sly humor and undemonstrative narrative style allow the viewer to decipher the many secrets and lives being lived in contemporary Chinese society. Shot in video, adding a grainy, gritty look, this accomplished work typifies the style of the next generation of emerging Chinese filmmakers.

About the Director Diao Yinan was born in Xi'an, Shanxi Province, China, in 1969. He attended the Central Academy of Drama, where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in literature and screenwriting. From there he went on to collaborate on three screenplays: Spicy Love Soup (1998), Shower (1999) and All The Way (2001). As an actor, he has starred in Yu Lik Wai's All Tomorrow's Parties (2003). Uniform is Diao Yinan's directorial debut.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2005 film series.



CAST

Wang Xiaojian - Liang Hongli
Zheng Shasha - Zheng Kueqiong

CREW

Writer/Director - Diao Yinan
Production Company - Hu Tong communication productions
Producers - Li Kit Ming, Iku Ishikawa
Cinematographer - Dong Jinsong
Production Designer - Qui Sheng
Music - Wan Zi
REVIEWS

"Deceptively simple... Filled with Sly Humor" -Museum of Modern Art

"Expertly, sensitively directed" -Senses of Cinema

"Uniform is beautifully observed... great performances." -London Film Festival

"Sly Humor" -Variety

"An edge of wry humour. Diao has a fine, surrealist eye for visual incongruities." -Time Out London

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2003
Dragons and Tigers Award, VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2004
Amnesty International DOEN Award - Special Mention; Netpac Award - Special Mention, ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL
SEATTLE FILM FESTIVAL
BRISBANE FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL FILM FESTIVAL

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