Release date:December 16, 2005
Studio:First Run Features
Screenwriters:Cheng Qingsong, Ziao Jiang
Starring:Xia Yu, Guan Xiaotong, Jiang Yihong, Li Haibin, Zhang Yijing
"Electric Shadows" opens in present-day Beijing with a disastrous encounter between delivery boy Dabing (Xia Yu, who won the Best Actor prize in Venice for In the Heat of the Sun) and Ling Ling (Qi Zhongyang). Dabing is the one with a bump on his head, but Ling Ling's the one who ends up in hospital, receiving overdue treatment for a life that has left her dazed, confused and hurt. He visits her home to keep her fish fed and starts reading her diary. It tells a story that shocks him in ways he could never have expected, but it also reminds him of his own childhood passion for the movies. Those were the days before television, when movies were the only real mass medium and when audiences breathed and dreamed as one.