Facing her old friend’s suicide and the fact that her first painting teacher is in the final stage of cancer, 40-year-old Lu Yun tries to face the situation.
Forty-year-old film director Lu Yun received the news that her old friend Qing He had committed suicide. She hurried back to her hometown Nanjing to attend Qing He′s funeral. Besides, she visited her first painting teacher who was suffering from the terminal cancer.
Lu Yun′s boyfriend Zhen Ting, an art historian, was far away in Dunhuang for the research of the fresco of Mogao Grottoes. He had been suffering from a mild depression in the recent years and he choose to copy the fresco as part of his research.
Lu Yun didn′t talk much about the sorrow she felt to Zhen Ting in consideration of his depression. And actually he had a complicated feeling towards what happened.
Lu Yun met a young man Chun who was also Qing He’s friend at the funeral and later got closer to him through the contact in the reason of Qing He. Their reaction to Qing He′s suicide brought them into a further relationship. And Lu Yun knew it was temporary.
Her teacher′s life came to an end, however he retained his dignity.
Realizing that she didn′t want to lose Zhen Ting, Lu Yun went to Dunhuang to see him.
The film tries to describe how people face the situation that their dear friend has left or is leaving. To describe the shock that they are going through and the turbulence that the situation brought to them. And how they take it into their heart, and keep going on.
Chinese traditional art is an important undertone of the film. For it represents human’s spiritual world, also for an idea of the conception of the time.
Though, the film′s main focus is on people, on the human beings’ fragility and the effort they make.
Full Moon is the third feature film project by Song Fang, whose first film Memories Look at Me (Song Fang, 2012) and second film The Calming (Song Fang, 2020) were highly appreciated by international film festival circuit.
Although the film is far from ordinary commercial films, I believe this film can hold Song Fang’s authentic cinematic style and will be again welcomed by international film festivals. I also believe that worldwide audiences can sympathize the story of the film a lot, because the elements which appear in the film, such as love, friendship, aging, etc., are very common subjects.
Song Fang has studied film directing in l’INSAS in Belgium and received her MA on film directing from Beijing Film Academy in China.
Her short film Goodbye (2009) received the Second Prize of the Cinefondation Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. Her first feature Memories Look at Me (2012) received the Best First Feature prize of the Locarno Film Festival 2012, the Special Jury prize of the TOKYO FILMeX International Film Festival 2012 and the Grand Prix of the FEMINA-International Women′s Film Festival 2013. Her feature film The Calming (2020) was selected by the Forum of the Berlin International Film Festival 2020, and received the Art Cinema Award of CICAE.
Ichiyama Shozo started to work as a producer after joining Shochiku Co, in 1987. His producer’s credits in Shochiku include Violent Cop (Kitano Takeshi, 1989), and Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1998). In 1998 he moved to Office Kitano and produced Platform (Jia Zhangke, 2000), Delbaran (Abolfazl Jalili, 2001), Chasuke’s Journey (SABU, 2015) and The Calming (Song Fang, 2020). In 2020 he founded his own company, Fourier Films, and produced Sidonie in Japan (Elise Girard, 2023) and Last Shadow at First Light (Nicole Midori Woodford, 2023).