Susu

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China | 2017 | 106 minutes | Yixi Sun

Two Chinese students find themselves in the midst of a chilling gothic tale after they take a weekend job transcribing the archives of a famous Chinese opera star, which sends them to a secluded 16th century mansion in the British countryside whose strange occupants are hiding gruesome family secrets.

Qi'an and Aimo (Zitong Wu and Lin Zhu) are close friends and students living in London. Having been offered a weekend job as Chinese language translators, they travel to an old English family mansion in the countryside to transcribe the films of a Chinese Kunqu Opera star Susu, who married into the English family. Though the two girls are intrigued by the mansion's enormous collection of items from the golden age of cinema, Qi'an and Aimo quickly become unsettled by the strange environment and the mansion's occupants, hoping to get out of there as soon as possible. Their exit is delayed, though, with the arrival of the handsome heir to the house, Benjamin; both girls develop an affection for him, leading to a growing tension between the two friends. But when Aimo goes missing, Qi'an discovers the disturbing secrets that the mansion's occupants would rather not reveal. Shot at historical sites—including a 16th century English mansion and the old house of Charlie Chaplin and his mother—Susu is a classic British psychological thriller with a stylish international twist from first-time writer/director Yixi Sun.

Director Biography

Born and brought up in Beijing, writer-director Yixi Sun studied filmmaking at the Communication University of China, before furthering her studies at Royal Holloway, University of London where she achieved Distinction in MA Documentary by Practice. Prior her directorial debut Susu (2017), she horned her artistic vision and ability through a wide range of work experience in many aspects of film-making and film business in China and the UK. In 2007, she founded the Filming East Festival, the first Chinese film festival to champion Chinese language films in Britain.

Sponsored by Aegis Gardens, Hainan Airlines, WASA North American Group, KING 5

  • Director: Yixi Sun
  • Principal Cast: Zitong Wu, Frederick Szkoda, Steve Edwin, Lin Zhu, Junjie Mao
  • Premiere Status: US
  • Country: China, United Kingdom
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 106 minutes
  • Producer: Yixi Sun, Norman J. Warren, Mangye Li
  • Screenplay: Yixi Sun
  • Cinematographers: Jun-Keung Cheung
  • Editors: Yixi Sun
  • Music: Fabien Garosi, Wan Pin Chu
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Mandarin, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Parkland Pictures