Director Zhang Lu
Starring Lan Yin , Jin-Long Lin , Jian Cui
A fascinating window into a rarely-seen corner of rural China, DOOMAN RIVER is the tale of twelve-year-old Chang-ho, who lives with his grandfather and mute sister near the frozen-river border with North Korea. Although fraught with unemployment and other tensions, his community seems sympathetic toward the Korean refugees fleeing famine and misery; Chang-ho bonds over soccer with one young border-crosser scavenging for food. But he soon turns on his new friend, as suspicions mount against the illegal immigrants and his sister reels from unexpected aggression. An exquisitely detailed story of compassion and strife across an uneasy geopolitical divide, Zhang Lu's drama is presented in Mandarin and Korean with English subtitles. This film is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection, presented by the Global Film Initiative.