Looking for Lucky
A rousing dog and man comedy composed of just 61 shots, and set in Shenyang in northeastern China, where people argue continuously. The film takes off from the premises of an MA student losing his professor’s dog and must enlist his father’s help to retrieve it, lest his prospects of a tutorship vanishes. A biting satire on every conceivable ill in modern Society, and an endearing portrait of a father-and-son relationship.
FESTIVAL SELECTIONS & AWARDS
2018 The Hong Kong International Film Festival World Premiere
2018 Beijing International Film Festival
2018 Shanghai International Film Festival- Asian New Talent Award – won Best Actor – DING Xihe
2018 New York Asian Film Festival
Length: 101 min
Production Year: 2017
Jiang Jiachen was born in 1984 in Shenyang, Liaoning province. After his graduation from LunXun Academy of Fine Arts, he becomes a teacher of the academy. He directed two short films including The Dog Days (2004) and The Thieves (2005), and was the screenwriter for short films including The Imprisoned Man (2012), Lost (2013), Professor Niu’s Secret (2014) and Dormitory No.32 (2015). In 2016, he was selected as one of the top 15 candidates of the first CFDG young director support programme. His debut feature Looking for Lucky was the winner of the inaugural Early Bird New Directors Film Fund of the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Looking for lucky is a realistic film. The characters are based on my friends, who grew up in northeast China, where family background and the stability of the job are the most important factors to be considered in spouse selection. I got inspiration from their lives. A young guy is looking for a dog and a job upon graduation, that’s the storyline of the film with a sense of absurdness.
The characters in this film live a rough life, their talks are humorous and lively. So the frames need to be casual, and the use of long takes is the best choice. The northeast dialect shows the regional characteristics, and the language rhythm must be consistent with that in real life. I hope this kind of presentation can make the film more realistic.