Looking at the most recent trailer for Huang Huang’s martial arts youth drama, Wushu Orphan, certainly amps up the Painted Faces feels a bit. There’s plenty of core introspective and gritty drama next to some impressive physical performances to highlight the bustling setting of an isolated school where one student consistently tries to escape due to bullying.
Such is the crux of our story from the aforementioned writer and director whose newest outing will make its case next Friday and Sunday for the Asian Future line-up at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival. Tickets are still up for grabs for hopeful attendees curious about the new youth drama which now bares a pending Asia release from Autumn Sun, as well as artwork to boot.
Inland China in the late 90s. A new Chinese teacher is at first overwhelmed by the junior high school’s focus on martial arts. Upon getting used to it, his main concern is a student who repeatedly tries to run away.