Autumn Leaves

World Premiere Wang Qi | 2018 | China/Japan | 116min | Fiction


A story based on a young Chinese family living in Japan. Set in the vibrant 1990s, the family struggles to adapt to the capitalistic Japanese society. One day, their grandfather comes to visit them from Shanghai, and they try to act like a happy family to welcome the grandfather.


Wang Qi

After graduating from the University of the Arts London, Wang Qi’s short film Cao Chang was enrolled in official selection for Generation Kplus at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. His first narrative-feature The Funeral won the golden award of the First Film World Competition for Montreal Film Festival.

Director's statement

Set in the 1990s, China and Japan, the two countries are going through a very different era. China is experiencing the political and economic shutdown after 1989, while Japan is at the peak of economic growth, fast becoming the leading democratic and capitalistic country in the Far East. For many Chinese, leaving their homeland for a new country was to seek a better life. However, what many discovered abroad wasn’t what they had wished for. Many struggled to find their identity and wondered where their future will be.