WISHED (反转人生)

Directed by: Dayyan Eng 2017 | 110 min.

Section: Spotlight on China

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: China

Languages: Mandarin, with English subtitles

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy


Synopsis

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Ma Fendou (Yu Xia, last seen and probably the best thing in BIRTH OF A DRAGON as Wong Jack Man) is a lackluster 30-something insurance salesman whose life is going nowhere. His best friend Li Fei, a wise cracking delivery man, urges him to just go with the flow. Not wanting to hold her back while he tries to get his life on track, Fendou breaks up with his long time girlfriend Shanshan (K-Pop singer Victoria Song from f(x)).

He soon regrets this decision and spirals into a funk. Then Shangguan Furong, (Ni Yan from A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP), an offbeat lady claiming to be a local Earth Goddess with magical powers, shows up at Fendou's office. She offers to turn his life around by granting him 19 of his old wishes. Fendou laughs Furong off -- until even his childhood wishes start coming true! To complicate matters, Shanshan is back in town to get married -- but not to him.

Chinese American director Dayyan Eng, who made an explosive debut with his short BUS 44 and Chinese feature film WAITING ALONE over a decade ago, delivers a fun romp and spin on the genie genre, where the schlub learns moral lessons that take him back on the right track. With several cameos by big Chinese stars, WISHED is an energetic, superfluous film with heart, and a welcome addition to contemporary Chinese cinema.
— Anderson Le

 

Synopsis written by: Anderson Le

Screenings

Tuesday, November 07 5:45 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed
Sunday, November 12 3:00 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Dayyan Eng
Producer Dayyan Eng, Han Zhang
Cast Yu Xia, Ni Yan, Victoria Song, Binlong Pan
Director of Photography Thierry Arbogast
Editor Dayyan Eng
Writer Justin Malen, Dayyan Eng
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