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230 Ratings


长江图 | Chang Jiang Tu

Directed by Yang Chao
China, 2016
  • Chinese
  • English


Gao Chun, a young captain, steers his cargo boat up the Yangtze river. His father has recently died and, according to his beliefs, his son is now responsible for liberating his soul. At the same time, Gao Chun is looking for the love of his life.

Our take

Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing (In the Mood for Love) deservedly took home an award from Berlin for his gorgeous 35mm photography in Chao Yang’s beguiling and deeply romantic drama. Poetic and richly evocative, life’s quest for contentment finds a great allegory in this river journey.

Crosscurrent Directed by Yang Chao

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Best Cinematography

Golden Horse Film Festival

2016 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2016 | Winner: Best Cinematography

2016 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

A ceaselessly gorgeous work.
January 14, 2017
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A film of unrelenting visual beauty, only possible with cinematographer Mark Lee’s 35mm original (faithfully captured, it’s said, in the 4K version now available). Structured like a traditional Chinese scroll painting (which, in turn, allies poetic associated structure with imaginative spacial logic), intensely moving precisely because it bypasses verbal articulation.
December 29, 2016
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Like many of this year’s excellent films about poetry (PATERSON, NERUDA, and A QUIET PASSION), CROSSCURRENT similarly shares lofty ambitions in tying verse to the image as a means of articulating the ways that we relate to the world around us.
October 21, 2016
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