Release year: 2020
Run time: 24 mins
Film type: Documentary
We follow a man of advanced age walking along a misty mountain path in China. In one shot he carries a bag; in others he carries sacks of rice, or timber, or large buckets of water. We filmed in the morning, in the evening, and at night. The seasons change as we walk with him, through the bleakness of the winter, or on a fresh spring morning. The low-key atmosphere, the subdued gray-green hues of the surroundings, and the absence of dialogue and music all lend this film a refreshingly understated feel. A space is opened up in which the viewer can listen to the sound of the wind, the man’s footsteps, and the birds. There is time to wonder who the man is that we are following, where he is going, and what his life is like. We find out a little more about him at the end of his journey.
Jin Jiang, artist and filmmaker, born in Luoyang, 1989. Jin dropped from school when he was in senior grade 2. He worked as DJ, sound mixer, and fried chicken shop owner. In his leisure time, he works as an artist. He does painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and performance art video. In 2013, Jin had his art show “Land of Hope.” In 2014, Jin started his filmmaking career as cinematographer and editor. Shang’ajia is Jin's first film working as a film director.
Once a seed of film is sown, the rest is to wait. It will bud, spread its branches, grow higher and have more leaves. But I don't know what it exactly is, until one day it bears fruit in wind and snow.