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The Land of Peach Blossoms

Zhou Mingying

Release year: 2018

Run time: 98 mins

Film type: Documentary


In a utopian world called "The Land of Peach Blossoms," grandiose collectivism was spread out by the authorities, which demanded that the young sacrifice their self-awareness to devote themselves to an imagined community. In this utopian experiment of happiness, weariness and strictness, the faith among the people gradually eroded due to reality, leading some individuals to resist. The wonderland, "The Land of Peach Blossoms," faced a severe challenge.


Director biography

Zhou Mingying, male, born in Changsha, Hunan Province in 1989. He graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2012 and his graduation work "National Art Examination" was shortlisted for the Luo Zhongli Scholarship. From 2014 to 2018, he independently completed his first feature-length documentary film "The Land of Peach Blossoms ", which was selected for international documentary film festivals such as IDFA in the Netherlands, DMZ Docs in South Korea, and Millennium in Belgium. It was awarded the 2018 IDFA Surprise Film, the Best Documentary at the 2019 FIRST Youth Film Exhibition, and the First Prize at the 2019 Central Academy of Fine Arts Walda Images Awards. "Shi Wai Tao Yuan" is permanently collected by the Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He currently works and lives in Beijing and Chongqing, among other places.

Director's statement

After the Spring Festival of 2014, for finding a job, I applied for a theme restaurant called “The Land of Peach Blossoms” as a photographer, responsible for the its promotional film production. However, after entering into the job, I observed that under the totalitarian way of the restaurant owner’s administration and personality cult, everyone lost their subjectivity in the restaurant... The operation is strikingly similar to some absurd times in history, so I picked up the Camera to record everything that happened in front of me.