Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2010 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Old Man Tang (Lao Tang Tou, 老塘头)
Category DongSeo Asia Fund
Project Old Man Tang (Lao Tang Tou, 老塘头)
Director XU Tong
Country China
Director's Profile Born in Beijing, Xu Tong was educated in film at the Communication University of China. Xu now works and lives in Beijing. In 2008, he made his directorial debut with the feature documentary film Wheat Harvest, which travelled several international film festivals including International Film Festival Rotterdam (2010). The same year, he also finished his novel Island of Treasures. In 2010, his documentary film Fortune Teller won the Jury Prize at the Documentary Film Festival in China.
Old Man Tang is an old man in his 80’s who has incredible memory. In the head that God has given him, it is filled with unforgettable stories in the past 80 years. The director used the entire winter to document over 100 hours of interview. Old Man Tang described the fantastic tales of his life without refrain, some lively, some bizarre, some even absurd. The story started in the winter of 2009 when his wife passed away after being married for 50 years. Tang often shed tears at her grave. But he had to move on. He grouped up with some other lonely old man of the village and head into town to meet other ladies. Coincidentally, he met Auntie Lu, and Lu seems to like Old Man Tang too…
Director's Note
Through narrating old man Tang's whole life and current humble living, the film provides audience a scene of people's complicated fate and the hidden society changes. Meantime, the film also expresses Tang's helpless and desperate feeling toward future.
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