Caught in the Web

Caught in the Web
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Caught in the Web
China, 2012, 121 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Asian, Drama
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Mandarin English Sub-Titles

In this brave new digital world, where everything and everyone is connected and gossip spreads like a virus, immune to all traditional constraint or journalistic standard, the very technology that is meant to bring us closer can be used to tear us apart.

Chen Kaige, the master of classic, opulent period dramas (Farewell my Concubine; The Promise), turns his attention to modern, high-energy China, office politics, sex scandals, intrigue, and cyber bullying.

Preoccupied after learning that she has lymphatic cancer, Ye Lanqiu remains oblivious to the remonstrations of the conductor on her bus to work, and fails to give up her seat for an elderly fellow passenger. Insults from other passengers are hurled at her and an ambitious TV reporter captures the moment on her phone and has it featured on the evening news. The incident goes viral, starting a cyber witch-hunt that threatens Ye Lanqiu’s career and private life. Perceptions have become reality and judgments based on limited facts spread without regards for the damage they may cause.

DIRECTOR: Chen Kaige
Producer: Chen Hong, Cao Huayi
Editor: Li Dianshi
Screenwriter: Chen Kaige, Tang Danian
Cinematographer: Yang Shu
Music: Meng Ke, Ma Shangyou
Principal Cast: Mark Chao, Gao Yuanyuan, Yao Chen
Filmography: Sacrifice (2010), The Promise (2005), Killing Me Softly (2002), Together (2002), Temptress Moon (1996), Farewell My Concubine (1993), Life on a String (1991), Yellow Earth (1985).
Print Source: Moonstone Entertainment - www.moonstonefilms.com


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