Special Screening: A New Old Play + Panel Discussion and Q&A

Sat04Mar'23 - Sun12Mar'23
Projector X: Picturehouse

A New Old Play

This is a special programme organised by SFS and CathayPlay. SFS Members get $2 discount off via the ‘SFS Member’ tier when purchasing your ticket via The Projector’s website.

Date for Session #1: 4 March, Sat (1.20pm) + post-screening panel discussion with director joining virtually

Date for Session #2: 12 March, Sun (1pm) + Q&A with director joining virtually
Projector X: Picturehouse

Tickets are available via The Projector: https://theprojector.sg/films-and-events/a-new-old-play/

Dir. Qiu JiongJiong
Cast: Tao Gu, Yi Sicheng

2021 | Hong Kong, France | Drama/History | 179 min | Chinese with English subtitles | NC16 (Some Drug Use and Coarse Language


One evening in the 1980s, Qiu Fu, a leading clown-role actor in 20th-century Sichuan opera, departs this world and must reluctantly set off for the Ghost City under escort of two underworld officials.  Along the way, he meets old friends.  As they recall the past, earthly scenes creep into the mists of the Netherworld.

Qiu Fu’s life in opera unfolds against the backdrop of a secular upheaval. The “New-New” Troupe in which he grows up and learns his trade is affiliated with the military. As power shifts, the troupe is cast loose to wander rootlessly through a broken world. Despite this unsettled destiny, shaped by war, famine and political turmoil, Qiu Fu becomes one of the finest clown-role performers in Sichuan opera. And yet, one day he finds himself clapped in a pigsty as a political revolution rages outside.

Outside the Ghost City, sitting among familiar faces, Qiu Fu drinks the mandatory bowl of Forgetfulness Soup to erase his memory. A lifetime of hardship, pain and sorrow, all vanish as if they had never been.

Awards: Winner – Locarno Int’ll Film Festival Special Jury Prize (International Competition); Winner – Hong Kong Int’ll Film Festival (Golden Firebird Award)



Special Screening: A New Old Play + Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Date:Sat04Mar'23 - Sun12Mar'23
  • Location: Projector X: Picturehouse