|Country:||Hong Kong, Netherlands|
|Producer:||Mau Hat, Liu Shu|
|Cast:||Yan Wensi, Zhao Xuan|
|Production:||CS Production, Volya Films|
After her critically acclaimed debut feature, Liu Shu delivers a powerful cinematic piece with Lost Lotus, a film that is at once suspenseful and thought provoking. A meditation on religious beliefs and their influence on social behaviours, Lost Lotus unfolds as a poignant reportage in the incisive depiction of an all-female struggle within a male dominated world of subtle manipulation and masked corruption.
Wu Yu, a recently married, young teacher – outstandingly performed by Canadian-Chinese actress Yan Wensi – lives a quiet daily routine, until one day her mother, a fervent Buddhist believer, dies in a hit-and-run car accident. The shock of the tragedy triggers a desperate search, running on parallel tracks: the search for spiritual solace to ease her pain, which Yu seems to be finding in Buddhist principles, and the search for the culprit, which will lead her to navigate the murky waters of police inefficiency and the power of riches, to an utterly unexpected result.
As it touches on sensitive subject matters in a bold and original way, Lost Lotus is not to be missed.