The Courier Always Knocks Twice (HD / color / 90min / China)
Stoneman Films Ltd., WaterElephant Cultural Media (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd.
Hu Jia is a Chinese film director and scriptwriter whose representative works include Dance With Me (2014) and The Taste of Betel Nut (2017). Dance With Me (2014) was nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Director, and Best Actor in the youth film section at FIRST International Film Festival Xining 2014. The Taste of Betel Nut (2017) was nominated for Best Feature Film in the Panorama at Berlin International Film Festival 2017; nominated in the Young Cinema Competition at Hong Kong International Film Festival 2017; and won Best Feature Film in the China Stars at Seattle International Film Festival 2018.
Daniel Yu is an active film-maker in Asia with over 30 years’ experience. Stoneman Films Ltd. is Daniel’s new set up for project development, teaming veteran producers and scriptwriters.
Unemployed, stay-at-home dad, Zhou Dao, dreams of being a horror film director. At home taking care of their baby, he secretly writes a horror script while his wife, Tian Xiaomeng, is away at work. Due to the strict requirements of the film company, Zhou Dao has to modify the story over and over again, until he has written three totally different horror stories, all involving a protagonist named Luo Xiaohui. The three stories actually include clues to each other, together revealing the life experiences of the murderer, Luo Xiaohui. Meanwhile, a real murder occurs in the residential building where Zhou Dao lives. The murderer is Zhou’s neighbor, and Zhou unintentionally finds himself a witness. His wife, Tian Xiaomeng, does not support Zhou’s dream of directing. The two often quarrel over daily trifles. Zhou begins to suspect that his wife is having an affair. After a big fight with his wife, Zhou wakes to find himself in a mental hospital. A doctor in the mental hospital tells Zhou that he has no wife or baby, and that his entire family life was an illusion. He is not Zhou Dao, but the murderer, Luo Xiaohui, the protagonist of the three horror stories which actually took place. Is all of this the nightmare of nurturing dad, Zhou Dao, or the psychotic fantasy of murderer, Luo Xiaohui? Who is the real Zhou Dao? Are there truly any answers in life?