Grain in Ear
|Grain in Ear|
Grain in Ear poster (2005)
|Directed by||Zhang Lu|
|Produced by||Choi Do-yeong|
|Written by||Zhang Lu|
|Edited by||Kim Sun-min|
Grain in Ear (Chinese: 芒种; Korean: 망종; RR: Máng zhòng) is a 2005 Chinese film written and directed by Korean Chinese filmmaker Zhang Lu. The title refers to the solar term in the traditional calendars of China and Korea.
Cui Shun-ji is a Chinese woman of Korean ancestry. A single mother bringing up a young son, she lives away from her hometown, and makes a living by selling kimchi. In the course of living her life, she meets three men who betray her. When her son dies in an accident, she decides to take revenge.
Grain in Ear examines the interplay of sex, economics, social class and race in a newly industrialized Chinese provincial backwater. Korean Chinese are one of the recognized ethnic minorities in China, comprising about 2.7 million citizens. Korean Chinese are spread throughout the country, and their group situation is consequently invisible to other Chinese, though many have difficulties integrating into society. Televised folklore celebrations and popular Korean foods such as the world-famous kimchi serve as one of the few common reminders of Korean Chinese culture for other Chinese. Zhang, in his brutal focus on the challenges of assimilation for his native ethnic group, explains that "his film is essentially anti- terrorist. Not at all in the way of Bush’s political agenda, but on the scale of everyday life, how we as humans terrorize those around us."
Festival appearances and awards
- 2005 Pusan International Film Festival: New Currents Awards
- 2005 Cannes Film Festival: The 44th International Critics' Week, Prix ACID du meilleur
- 2005 Pesaro Film Festival: Concorso PNC
- 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival: Dragons and Tigers
- 2005 Thessaloniki International Film Festival: International Competition
- 2005 Osian's - Cinefan, Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema: ASIAN FRESCOES
- 2005 Chicago International Film Festival: New Directors
- 2006 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
- 2006 Seattle International Film Festival: New Directors Competition, Special Jury Prize
- 2006 Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema: Golden Cyclo Award
- 2006 International Film Festival Innsbruck: Province of Tyrol Award
- 2006 Durban International Film Festival: Best Direction, Best Actress
- 2006 Cinema Novo Festival, Competition: Karibu Award
- 2006 Barcelona Asian Film Festival: Official Section, Gold Durian Award
- 2006 Leeds International Film Festival: Official Selection
- 2006 Brisbane International Film Festival
- 2006 Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival: International Showcase
- 2006 International Film Festival of Asia Pacific countries in Vladivostok: China in Focus
- 2006 Mar del Plata International Film Festival: Foreign Visions, Point of View
- 2006 INDIE LISBOA: Competition
- 2006 BLACK MOVIE festival de films des autres mondes: Bodies, A Chronicle
- 2006 Arsenals International Film Forum, KIM & Chi: The South Side
- 2006 Paris Cinema: New Korean Cinemas
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- "The Twenty-four Solar Terms". Beijing Star-Light Translation Center. Archived from the original on 5 March 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- Yu, Gu (11 October 2005). "Grain in Ear". Schema Magazine. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012.