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Ripples of Life

Directed by Wei Shujun

Run Time: 123 minReleased: China, 2021Language: Mandarin, English

About the Film

"Although films about filmmaking usually have niche appeal, international specialty sales could prove fruitful since Wei offers a particularly inspired deconstruction of the solemn regional portraits which have become a staple of Chinese independent cinema."

Reflective, insightful, and with just enough humor to never take itself too seriously, Ripples of Life works to capture the chaotic essence of indie filmmaking. Told from three different perspectives, across three chapters, the film gains different insights into, and perceptions of, the movie-making process and its unique nature. Each chapter presents a distinct viewpoint which naturally complements and contrasts with the others. The first chapter centers around a local woman from the small town in which they are shooting; the second focuses on the star of the movie itself; and the final chapter presents the screenwriter’s view. Through its satire-esque style,Ripples of Life effectively and artistically portrays the frenzied nature of filmmaking against the background of the intertwined stories of the individuals involved.

Film Trailer


  • 2 wins and 6 nominations
  • 2021 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight
  • 2021 BFI London Film Festival
  • 2021 Tokyo FILMeX
  • 2021 Pingyao International Film Festival [winner of Youth Jury Award & Best Director]

About the Director

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Born in 1991 Beijing, China, Wei Shujun started his career as an actor at the age of fourteen. He studied sound recording at the Communication University of China in Beijing, after which he tried his hand at entrepreneurship. However, two years later, he went on to pursue a masters degree in film at his alma mater. His film credits include the short film On the Border (2018) and his first feature film, Striding into the Wind (2020), both of which were featured at Cannes.