Set against the backdrop of the contemporary black market for pirated DVDs in Beijing, Pirated Copy is a character-driven drama about the passion two couples have for each other and for film. It “demonstrates that [He is] one of the most interesting and versatile directors among China’s ‘Sixth Generation’” (Variety). With music by famous Chinese female punk rocker Bao Luo. —walkerart.org
Among ‘Sixth-Generation’ directors, He Jianjun (b. 1960, Beijing) is the one most interested in exploring the dark side of human psyche. His movies are concerned with issues of repression and freedom, with the adjustment and survival of personality in a confined environment. Through stories of disturbed—and disturbing—individuals, his movies expand into a discourse about society at large. Not surprisingly, most of his movies have been banned in China.
He Jianjun graduated in 1990 from the Beijing Film Academy and started his career as assistant director to Zhang Yimou and Tian Zhuangzhuang before beginning to make short movies himself. His first full-length feature, Red Beads (Xuan lian, 1993), was inspired by the memory of a schoolmate who had become mentally unstable after reading the medical history of his unbalanced mother. It was shot in twelve days on a shoestring budget and won the Fipresci Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival. He’s second feature, another independent… read more