Director Johnny Ma wonderfully flouts formal conventions with this poetic portrait of a Chinese sea captain, for whom swooning Mandopop melodies offer respite from the drudgery of his duties.
A shipping boat captain on Gaoyou's canals makes
sacrifices to save his fleet and protect his family. His
sole escape from drudgery is melodramatic 1990s
Chinese pop music. Director Johnny Ma pushes formal
conventions with masterful cinematography and
set design to create this poetic tragedy, a unique twist
on personal histories.