A FILM SERIES ABOUT SIX LIFESTYLE IN SHANGHAI 2017

DIRECTOR / ALLEN LV

A FILM SERIES ABOUT SIX LIFESTYLE IN SHANGHAI 2017

This is my answer, 
This is my Shanghai.

When someone asks, what kind of city do you see when you look at Shanghai?
Before I answer this question, I choose to observe it first.
Shanghai dose not belong to any group of people. Once being called “the Magical Metropolis”, you can still find fragments of memory that those formal adventurers left behind. Living in this city, you have to try your best to fight against the pressure. Maybe you will hate it or maybe you will devote yourself to this kind of life. At one point you might thought about leaving everything behind, but something deep down your soul is keeping to drag you to stay.

We can only represent ourselves, not anyone else.
Therefore,
I run through alleys, chasing after skaters;
I climb up skyscrapers, approach to “Spidermen”;
I merged into the night, encounter dancers on the street. 
I walk into the hospital, found the best crossdressing Beijing opera performer; 
I see through lens of the cameraman, discover the most surrealistic sight; 
I carry the history on my mind, roam with the echo of old-time Jazz.

In this massive concrete jungle, I would sacrifice anything to touch upon the heaven. 
They are living between uncountable gaps of buildings, forming a flow, like blood in our vines. They are the life line of this city. Without them, the city will soon become a lifeless desert. They left millions of traces behind. These traces together transform into monuments for latecomers to admire.

Living during this time, I want to record my life with my eyes.
Hence, this is not only the Shanghai of following six individuals, but also the Shanghai of mine.
When someone asks, what kind of city do you see when you look at Shanghai?
Everything that you are seeing now is my answer --- this is my Shanghai.