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.

Short Cuts Canada

A Grand Canal

Johnny Ma

Playing as part of Short Cuts Canada Programme 2

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.

ALEX ROGALSKI

Screenings

Sun Sep 08

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
2:30pm
Mon Sep 09

TIFF Bell Lightbox 5

Industry
9:00am
Mon Sep 09

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
12:00pm