17apr5:30 PMAsia and the Pacific Screens The Cremator 焚屍人


April 17 at 5:30 pm


Australian Centre on China in the World

Building 188 Fellows Lane The Australian National University Canberra , Canberra ACT 2601

Asia and the Pacific Screens The Cremator 焚屍人

(2012, 90 mins, China Directed by Peng Tao 彭韜 Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles)

The Cremator is a daring and compelling drama about Cao, a middle-aged bachelor crematorium worker. Outwardly he is an ordinary employee, but he secretly runs a side-line business as a ‘ghost matchmaker’, conducting a clandestine trade in unidentified women’s corpses to posthumously marry them with deceased unmarried men. When understanding that he is dying, Cao decides to make arrangements to marry posthumously with the corpse of a mysterious young woman, only to be confronted with the moral dilemmas posed by the appearance of the dead woman’s sister.

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