Beginning on Saturday, November 6, Cinema Art Bethesda will stream the Chinese film Sheep Without a Shepherd (Wu sha). The stream will be available until Saturday, November 20. There will be an $8.00 charge to watch the film. At noon on Sunday, November 21, there will be a post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector via Zoom.
The film is 112 minutes long and in Mandarin and Thai with English subtitles. It was released in 2019 and won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, the Best Commercial Film of the Year and Best Performance Of the Year (Joan Chen) in the China Youth [Film] Handbook magazine.
Viewing the Film
There is an $8 charge to view the film.
To view the film:
Click the following link (or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar)
Select “Screen for $8.00” and follow the directions to log in or register and pay for the film. The film will be available to view starting Saturday, November 6. You will have 5 days to watch the film after paying for it.
A post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector will take place via Zoom at noon Sunday, November 21. To join the Zoom meeting on your computer, click the following link or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar.
If you are asked for a Meeting ID, use: 893 6711 1499
If you are asked for a Passcode, use: 994610To join by phone dial by your location:
- +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
- +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
- +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
- +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
- +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
- +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 893 6711 1499
If your local number is not on the list, find it here: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kpkl88lEQ
A re-make of the Indian/Malaysian film Drishyam, this Chinese box-office blockbuster is a Hollywood-esque cat-and-mouse crime thriller. Working family man and self-described movie-geek Li is thrown into a battle of wits with the law after his daughter accidentally kills, and his wife hurriedly buries, a fellow student who had sexually molested her. The dead boy’s father is an ambitious politician, and his mother is La Wen, a steely eyed, morally corrupt police chief. Utilizing his encyclopedic knowledge of crime cinema, Li concocts a complicated alibi but for La Wen, the crime is personal, and she smells a coverup. An inventive twisty-plotted tale of blackmail, murder and justice and the two families caught up in the deadly game.
(Text copied from the US distributor’s site.)
- Sheep Without a Shepherd — Distributor site
- Sheep Without a Shepherd — IMDB
- Sheep Without a Shepherd — Rotten Tomatoes (100%)
- Review: Joan Chen is the ultimate parting gift in the loopy ‘Sheep Without a Shepherd’ — Los Angeles Times (Robert Abele)
- Review: ‘Sheep Without a Shepherd’ Review: A Film Buff and a Crooked Cop Match Wits in a Cracking Chinese Crime Thriller — Variety (Richard Kuipers)