China Onscreen Biennial: THE CREMATOR

银幕中国双年展: 焚尸人
Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

US Premiere


Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Peng Tao. Producer: Gao Hong. Cinematographer: Li Xi. Production Designer: Ai Xianhong. Sound: Zhang Yang. Cast: Cheng Zhengwu, Lang Nv.

Director Peng Tao achieves soaring humanism and lyricism in this portrait of life among the lonely. Cremator Cao makes a living incinerating the dead, while secretly selling “ghost wives” to bereaved families seeking companions for their recently deceased, single sons. Unwell, he makes similar plans for himself, but his plot is upended by an encounter with a young woman who’s searching for her missing sister. Cao’s succeeding journey with this young woman sets up the film’s second half, in which his new companion battles her own mounting hardships, and gradually becomes embroiled in his, leading to a denouement of exceeding loveliness. – Shannon Kelley

HDCAM, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 90 min.

Preceded by

West Coast Premiere



Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Sun Xun. Editor: Xu Chong, Sun Xun, Tang Bohua. Composer: Jin Shan.

Animated using woodblock prints, SOME ACTIONS uses pulsating, hallucinatory imagery to evoke a Kafkaesque atmosphere of grotesquery, anxiety and vague ideological constrictions. “I only ask questions,” says animator Sun Xun. “It’s up to the viewer to think about what he has seen. And to come up with his own answers.” – Tom Vick

HDCAM, color, 13 min.

Admission Information: 

UCLA Film & Television Archive
Billy Wilder Theater
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard (at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards)
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tickets: $10 online. $9 general admission, $8 for non-UCLA students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members (ID required) if purchased at the box office only. Free admission for UCLA students (current ID required); free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office until 15 minutes before showtime, or the rush line afterwards. Online tickets available at; click on the individual program.

Parking: Museum parking lot; enter from Westwood Blvd, just north of Wilshire. $3 flat rate after 6:00 pm on Mondays-Fridays and all day on weekends.

Information:, 310.206.8013


UCLA Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024