Gods Are Watching
CHINA | 2023 | Drama | 100min (tbc)
Screenwriter: ZHONG Pinghong, Yesir
Producer: HUANG Tingting
DOP: WANG Jiehong
Editor: YE Xiang
Sound: LI Danfeng
Nina Paw , YUAN Liguo, XUE Qing, YE Qingfeng, Caesar Xing
In Quanzhou, a historic city where diverse faiths live in harmony, a pious old woman wavers three times in her faith in gods. When faiths clash, a dramatic play lies in store.
The film employs a God’s eye view to present the story of “men seeing gods.” “Circle” in Chinese culture represents completeness, and the full-circle composition in the film intends to tell an incomplete story with a complete composition. Minnan (Southern Fujian to the South of China) is a unique existence in Chinese culture. Its local culture is very close to traditional culture, but also known for its mostly diverse faiths, and thus inspired this thought-provoking satire. I hope to dig deep into the roots of Minnan and Chinese cultures and tell stories saturated with the East spirit.
Yesir was born in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, in 1987. He is a young director from the mainland of China known for his crossover careers, while focusing primarily on fashion design. Yesir has won the Best Women's Fashion Design award of ESMOD International (China), and was recognized in a piece by CNN for fashion design.
In 2016, Yesir was selected as 30 Under 30 Asia (The Arts) by Forbes Magazine. Yesir sees film as a fusion of various art forms. In 2015, out of his love for cinema, he chose to study in the literature department of Beijing Film Academy.
KOALI&RICE, his debut as a screenwriter/director, was selected to Moscow International Film Festival, Pingyao International Film Festival and many others. GODS ARE WATCHING is Yesir's second feature film.