China's Film-makers Depict Winter

The Wasted Times (2016)

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The Wasted Times (2016)

IMDb rating: 7/10

The Wasted Times is a 2016 Chinese mainland-Hong Konheyangg thriller film directed by Cheng Er.

Set against a chaotic, war torn Shanghai, the film follows a local crime boss at the receiving end of the Japanese army's attempt to forge a dubious alliance.

Spanning three separate times during the period, the story describes various perspectives, all culminating in a suspenseful and tense finale.

Ge You, playing the shady Mr Lu, a crime boss in Shanghai during World War II, as always contributes a remarkable performance. [Photo/film poster]

It is a surprisingly exquisite and atmospheric film that may leave you with a bittersweet reaction due to the fractured plot and characters, but you will always remember that overheard shot alongside the perfect music, the magnificent cinematography and the marvelous style that this film embodies.

By keeping his camera completely horizontal and only moving it when necessary, Cheng makes Shanghai of the late 1930s look like a maze that his characters can barely navigate. [Photo/still frame of the film]

Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai is the largest city by population in China and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is a global financial center, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port.

Winter in Shanghai is from December to February and is characterized by cold north wind and heavy humidity with an average temperature of about 5 degrees Celsius. The coldest time is from the end of January to early February when temperatures can drop below freezing.

Snow is rare in Shanghai, and winter is the driest season of the year in this international megalopolis. Even in that season it receives more than five hours of sunshine each day. If you travel in Shanghai during winter just do as the locals do: wear long-johns and every item of clothing you own and shed them as required.

Touring Shanghai in winter is an ideal choice; with the Christmas and Chinese New Year holiday festivities in full force tourists can gain a good understanding of Chinese festival culture. [Photo/Sipaphoto]

And if you enjoy indoor activities such as visiting museums, art galleries, temples, mosques and cathedrals/churches or spending a few hours watching acrobatics shows, Shanghai is eager to present them to you.

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