Cathy Yan is a director worth taking note of. Her upcoming project is an adaptation of DC Comic's Birds of Prey, one that could potentially help fix the growing pains of that particular cinematic universe. But before that she makes her debut with Dead Pigs, a refreshing, light and absurd look at the modern, global
Using the real life scandal of thousands of diseased pig carcasses being dumped into the Huangpu river by impoverished farmers in 2013, Dead Pigs tells the story of a family impacted by a changing
One of the great treats of Dead Pigs is how the film constructs its narrative, revealing how various characters are connected. It is an endearingly sweet film, with a warmth and charm that allows it to breeze past. This is all aided by a roster of fabulous performances, headed up by a ferocious and oft-hilarious turn from Vivian Wu as Candy. There are also compelling turns from Yang Haoyu and Mason Lee in a talented ensemble.
The film doesn't shy away from issues caused by
It is always exciting to come across a new talent and Cathy Yan is an ambitious director, who has marshalled a complicated film that takes on a weighty subject with a lightness of touch. The absurd humour is welcome and Vivian Wu is simply fabulous at the centre. A must see slice of Chinese cinema.
This is a London Film Festival preview and Dead Pigs will be released at a later date.