Love Poem - IFFAM - 5th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Love Poem
Hong Kong SAR | 2020 | 114’ | Colour| Mandarin| English subtitle | Group: B
Director: William Wong

2020/12/07 17:00

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Programmer’s Note

Documentary hybrid Love Poem is the second feature from director William Wong whom some will know from his critically acclaimed 2013 film Around That Water. Utterly original and intellectually challenging, the film is both formally and in content very distant from other recent independent Chinese films, testifying to the vast and diverse vitality in mainland film. Defying the law of cinema, which centres on the pursuit of commercial success, the film seems to focus instead on a personal search for honesty within a detailed investigation of the conflicts and emotions that run through a couple dynamic – the couple being the director of the film, Wang Xiaozhen and his wife Zhou Qing who both act in the film. Divided into two parts and two long takes, Love Poem echoes Cassavetes or Noah Baumbach but remains unique in its exploration of this particular Chinese couple’s private life, bringing to the screen a level of intimacy rarely seen in Asian movies.



What feels like an ordinary weekend outing, paying a visit to grandpa, a young couple gets into a heated argument exposing their resentments, past lies, an old lover, a missed birthday, a possible divorce and a death. But have they told each other everything?


William Wong

Born in 1989 in Linyi, Shandong Province, China, William Wong graduated from Northeast Normal University in 2012 majoring in Film and TV studies. In 2013, he wrote and directed his first feature film Around That Winter (Tianyuan Jiang Wu). Selected as the opening film of the Beijing Independent Film Festival, the film won the Best Debut Film Award at the same year edition of the China Independent Film Festival. Love Poem (Qingshi) is his second feature film.

Cast & Crew

Director William Wong

Scriptwriter(s) William Wong

Producer(s) Ching Chau

Cinematographer Dik Hin Wong

Production Designer

Editor William Wong


Costumes Designer

Cast Ching Chau, William Wong, Siu Syut Wong  

Production Companies Fei Chang Mei Cultural Communication Co., Ltd


World Sales Asian Shadows

International Competition