Ripples Of Life


The Main 3 Mon, May 9, 2022 4:15 PM
The Main 3 Wed, May 11, 2022 9:15 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Original Title:??????
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Asian Frontiers
Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Release Year:2021
Runtime:123 min
Festivals & Awards:Jury Award at Brussels IFF Int Competition 2021
Pingyao IFF Best Director 2021
Best International Feature at Bosphorus IFF 2021.
Language:Chinese (Mandarin)
Print Source:Rediance
Director:Wei Shujun
Producer:Huang Xufeng
Liang Ying
Cinematographer:Wang Jiehong
Screenwriter:Kang Chunlei
Wei Shujun
Editor:Matthieu Laclau
Principal Cast:Yang Zishan
Huang Miyi
Liu Yang
Kang Chunlei
Liang Ming
Yang Jin
Wang Jiajia


A story in three chapters, following four characters, Ripples of Life takes us to Yong’an, a small town in China where a film is being shot. A local waitress wishes she was an actress, the lead actor returns to her hometown with mixed results, and a director and screenwriter argue over the script.

The arrival of a film crew to shoot a prominent feature in the small town sends ripples not only through the village but also amongst the cast and crew. Xiao Gu is a waitress whose restaurant, owned by her in-laws, is set to host the crew, and when she attracts the attention of the director, she is both pleased, and eventually dismayed to work on the film. Chen Chen, the star, hails from Yong’an, and soon discovers that her fame is both a pleasure and a burden. Finally, the director and screenwriter, confronted with the reality of small-town life, argue about the meaning of the film. “A dexterous rumination on the pursuit of authenticity.” –John Berra, ScreenDaily

Director Biography

Shujun Wei

Shujun Wei was born and raised in Beijing, was a prominent child actor and is now a rapper (known as PUC) and filmmaker who studied sound recording at the Communication University of China. His films include the short film “On the Border” (2018) and the features Striding into the Wind (2020) and Ripples of Life (2021) which appeared at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.