Shooting of new film ‘All Ears,’ that sees world through the eyes of eulogy writer finished
Published: May 19, 2022 06:11 PM Updated: May 19, 2022 06:08 PM
Promotional material of the movie Photo: Douban
Promotional material of the movie Photo: Douban

 To celebrate the completion of filming for the new movie All Ears, Alibaba Pictures released the first promotional poster for the film on Wednesday, further increasing Chinese netizens' anticipation for the movie's release due to its special theme and cast.

The film centers on a man who writes eulogies for people. Due to the nature of his job, the man knows lots of stories about different people.

Well-known Chinese actor Hu Ge plays Wen Shan, a scriptwriter who begins to write eulogies for a living by happenstance. In encounters with ordinary people, Wen comforts others through his work, gains warmth, and finally finds a new direction in life.

The English title of the movie All Ears represents the idea of carefully listening to others, which is one of the most important parts of Wen's job. He needs to listen to others' stories of happiness, sadness or regret with patience in order to write the eulogies;and during the process, he learns to listen with his heart instead of just hisear.

The cast also includes actor Wu Lei and actress Qi Xi. Qi plays Shao Jinsui, a girl who traveled thousands of kilometers to track down Wen so that he could write a friend's eulogy. After a few days of searching for the truth in other people's lives together, Shao and Wen change each other's lives.

"Story is a metaphor for life" is a phrase that screenwriter and director Liu Jiayin likes very much. Liu said he believes that when a movie brings stories about ordinary people's lives to the big screen, audiences will feel that life is a worthwhile trip that is exclusive to them.

"I am looking forward to seeing what will happen when an ordinary person meets with a group of ordinary people. The theme and story of the movie are interesting to me," goes one post on Sina Weibo among the thousands of Chinese netizens who said they are waiting for the launch of the film.

Luo Luo, a Beijing-based film critic, commented on the power of realistic themes, telling the Global Times that in movies like this, the shaping of the characters is one of the most important problems and that the production team should ensure all the characters are real flesh and blood people and make their behavior logical.