I’ve been following the Beijing punk scene for several years now. New Pants was one of the bands I enjoyed and the frontman, Peng Lei, is also an animator/filmmaker. In his film, Follow Follow, a wanna-be musician living in Beijing has a Kurt Cobain obsession so strong that his ghost travels to stay with her. She becomes inspired to join a band and proceeds to meet various Chinese musicians who struggle in their imitations of rock music from the west. Everyone is altogether lost.
I waited many years to see this movie and I finally found it in China. Coincidentally around the same time I found it, youtube also had it up. It’s a bit of a slow, amateurish ride but the soundtrack is really good and if you know anything about Chinese punk you will recognize a lot of faces.
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Zhou Xun doubles as a vodka dealer’s young daughter and the romantically-experienced club dancer
Life in contemporary China is pretty pointless yet the youth still try giving it excitement