PRESS INFORMATION FOR "BUS 44" (Che Si Shi Si)
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NEWS FLASH: 2003 New York Film Festival has invited "Bus 44" as part of the official selection. (8/2003)
NEWS FLASH: Universal Studio Network Italy recently acquired "Bus 44" for Italian cable TV rights. (7/2003)
NEWS FLASH: SVT has just acquired "Bus 44" for Swedish TV broadcast rights. (2/2003)
NEWS FLASH: Cinefil Imagica has just acquired "Bus 44" for Japanese cable/satellite broadcast rights! (2/2003)
NEWS FLASH: CBC has just acquired "Bus 44" for Canadian TV broadcast rights. (1/2003)
NEWS FLASH: "Bus 44" opens in LOS ANGELES area theaters beginning October 5. (10/2002)
NEWS FLASH:
Apollo Cinema Distribution has acquired "Bus 44" for US theatrical distribution. (9/2002)
NEWS FLASH:
PBS has just acquired "Bus 44" for US TV broadcast rights. (9/2002)
NEWS FLASH: "Bus 44" just won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at the Florida Film Festival! (6/2002)
NEWS FLASH: "Bus 44" was recently acquired by England's Channel 4 for TV broadcast rights in United Kingdom. (5/2002)
NEWS FLASH: "Bus 44" was recently acquired by Korea's KBS for TV broadcast rights in Korea.

Attention media organizations: You may download (PDF file) the official press kit here.
For Chinese press kit click
here.



BUS 44
written & directed by DAYYAN ENG

On the outskirts of a small town, a bus driver and her
passengers encounter highway robbers. "Bus 44" carries a
universal theme that travels across all boundaries and societies,
trespassing the dark side and bright side of human behavior.



FESTIVAL AWARDS


Venice
GONG Beibi, Dayyan ENG, LI Yixiang at the closing ceremony in Venice

WINNER OF THE SPECIAL JURY AWARD
2001 Venice Film Festival
The first Chinese short film to ever win at Venice!




Dayyan ENG at the award ceremony at Sundance

WINNER OF THE JURY HONORABLE MENTION

2002 Sundance Film Festival
The first Chinese short film to ever win an award at Sundance!




GONG Beibi and Dayyan ENG presenting the film at Cannes

OFFICIAL SELECTION "DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT"

2002 Cannes Film Festival
The first Chinese short film to ever be invited to the Cannes "Fortnight"!




WINNER GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
2002 Florida Film Festival




"Bus 44" Screenings:
Coming soon to a theater near you!

September 6 - 8, 2001

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
(Italy) [World Premiere]
(AWARD WINNER)

November 11 & 14, 2001
PUSAN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL
(Korea) [Asian Premiere]
(Official Selection out-of-competition)

November 28 & 30, 2001
GIJON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL
(Spain)
(Official Selection in-competition)

January 11 - 13, 17 & 19, 2002
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
(United States) [US Premiere]
(AWARD WINNER)

February 2, 4, 6, 7 & 9, 2002
CLERMONT-FERRAND INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
(France)
(Official Selection in-competition)

March 30, April 7, 2002

HONG KONG INT'L FILM FESTIVAL
(Hong Kong)
(Official Selection out-of-competition)

May 21, 24, 2002
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
(France)
("DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT" OFFICIAL SELECTION)

May 26, 2002
SEATTLE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL
(United States)
(Official Selection in-competition)

June 5, 7, 2002
TORONTO WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
(Canada) [Canadian Premiere]
(Official Selection in-competition)

June 8, 12, 2002
FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL
(United States)
(AWARD WINNER)

August 16, 18, 2002
EDINBURGH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL
(United Kingdom) [UK Premiere]
(Official Selection out-of-competition)

September, 2002
YING E CHI DISTRIBUTORS
(Hong Kong)
(THEATRICAL RELEASE)

October, 2002
APOLLO CINEMA DISTRIBUTORS
(United States)
(THEATRICAL RELEASE)

October 2, 13, 14, 2003
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
(United States)
(Official Selection)




REVIEWS & QUOTES

"Great performances and nicely rendered tension, composition, and editing..." -- Chris Lee, producer and former president of Columbia/Tristar Pictures.

"A well-directed, well-paced film... Promising director with a talent for story-telling..." -- Wong Kar-Wai, filmmaker.

"Short-filmmaking at its best... One of the best short films I've seen." -- Marie-Pierre Macia, artistic director of Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight.

"...A very moving film that is also a searing social commentary." -- Janet Yang, producer.

"...Korean directors are now noticing and paying more attention to young Chinese directors such as Dayyan Eng..." -- Ju Kyung-Jung, filmmaker.

"Bus 44 is one of those rare films that have all the ingredients of a truly great movie... The story is complete, and the self-restraint obviously needed to not spin this out into a longer piece is admirable. It is well paced, intriguing, and defies any viewer to not react to the underlying message of the movie." -- Jo Lusby, City Weekend Magazine.

"One of the most powerful films ever to air on ZeD. " -- "ZeD-TV", Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC)

"A deep and moving tale about the ills of society." -- Man Yan, Beijing Evening News.

"...Best of the selection... A model of economic storytelling." -- New Times Los Angeles.


There have been thousands of articles about "Bus 44", the cast and/or the director in the Chinese media with interviews and profiles in newspapers, websites, magazines (such as Cosmopolitan, Performing Arts, Weekly News, etc.) and TV programs across the country.


PRINCIPAL CREDITS

Production Designer: Xiao HSU
Sound, Music: ZHANG Yang
Film Editor: Dayyan ENG
Executive Producers:
Dale ENG & Nahid ENG

Bill YIP
FU Dong
GONG Beibi
Dhabih ENG
Cinematographer: Sam KOA
Writer, Producer, Director: Dayyan ENG


FILMMAKERS' BIOGRAPHY
(as of January 2003)

DAYYAN ENG (Writer, Producer, Director) who was born in Taiwan, is a young Chinese-American writer-director. He studied film arts in the US and transferred to the prestigious Beijing Film Academy where he finished his undergraduate studies in directing. A 35mm short film he wrote and directed in 1997 ("East 22nd Street") won awards and nominations at eight international film festivals, and was acquired by CANAL+ for exclusive rights in France. For the past five years, Dayyan has been directing national TV commercial spots for the Asian market. His second short film, "Bus 44", won awards at Venice Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival, becoming the first Chinese-language short film to win at both festivals. The film was also invited to 2002 Cannes Film Festival's "Directors' Fortnight", and most recently won the Best Short Film Award at 2002 Florida Film Festival . Extensive Chinese media coverage and the success of "Bus 44" started a revival in short-filmmaking in China. It was a critical hit both in Asia and US/Europe, while at the same time gaining TV and theatrical distribution world-wide. Dayyan is currently in China where he is in pre-production with his first feature film.

BILL YIP (Executive Producer) was born in Hong Kong and has started working in the feature film production since 1986 in posts including assistant director, scriptwriter and production manager. He worked with internationally acclaimed directors like Wayne Wang, Pucchi Leong, Masashi Yamamoto, Sylvia Cheng, Francis Gerard, Lawrence AhMon and Marion Hansel. He set up his own production house in 1998 and specializes in commercial and corporate works. He is currently the president of Creative Horizon, a Hong Kong multi-media art group that organizes workshops, performances and art education in various art forms.

SAM KOA
(Cinematographer) was born in Hong Kong. He has been working in the film industry for over 8 years,and began his career as a lighting assistant on some of Tsui Hark's films in Hong Kong. After completing further studies at the Beijing Film Academy, Sam has worked as a cinematographer for a number of television commercials. Sam currently freelances in China.

ZHANG YANG
(Sound, Music) was born in Beijing, and grew up in the film industry. His father is the head of the Central Film Studio, and a well known cinematographer. Zhang Yang decided to follow in his father's footsteps in film arts, and graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in sound recording. His prior work has included sound for the award-winning films "East 22nd Street", "Xiao Wu" and "Platform". He is also the guitarist of the Chinese rock group Sober.

XIAO HSU
(Production Designer) was born in Taiwan and studied art and design at the National Art Institute in Taipei, before entering the directing program at the Beijing Film Academy. He is living in Beijing where he does freelance work. His prior work includes the Golden Horse Award nominated short film "One Yuan".



ACTORS' BIOGRAPHY
(as of January 2003)


GONG BEIBI
(Bus Driver) began her film career as a child actress. She graduated from the Central Drama Academy, where she became an instant star in China after starring in several popular TV series. Due to her success while still a student, she became known in the media at the time as "little Gong Li". She has starred in feature films in both China (Wu Tianming's "An Unusual Love") and Hong Kong (kung-fu comedy "The Lord of Hangzhou"). "Bus 44" is her first short film. She is currently starring in a TV series and will star in a feature film later this year.

WU CHAO
(Young Man) was born in Beijing. Not a professional actor, he was discovered in 1998 for the lead role in the feature film "Lunar Eclipse" which went on to receive the Jury Prize at the 2000 Moscow Int'l Film Festival. "Bus 44" is his second film. He is a professional dancer in Beijing.

LI YIXIANG
(Short Bandit) graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in acting. He has taken on diverse lead and supporting roles such as a policeman, farmer, soldier, historical figures etc. His prior work includes several TV series and feature films. He lives in Beijing. Li has gone on to star in Chen Kaige's new short film "Ten Minutes".

ZHOU KUI
(Tall Bandit) graduated from Central Drama Academy in acting. A professional stage actor at the Beijing Children's Theater Group with TV series and feature film experience, he currently works in Beijing.


DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS

I have always been interested in social psychology and wanted to do a film about how people react under certain stressful circumstances. The story attracts me not only because it has an interesting plot with a twist, but mostly because the underlying theme is even more haunting than the events that take place. I intentionally made this film with a certain ambiguity of time and place -- this story could have taken place anywhere in the world. Making films about people and human nature attracts me because I feel that people around the world have much more in common than they do differences. "Bus 44" carries a universal theme that travels across all boundaries and societies, trespassing the dark side and bright side of human behavior.


PRODUCTION INFORMATION


Original Title: Che Si Shi Si
English Title: Bus 44
Language: Mandarin Chinese
35mm / Color / Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio: 1:1.85
Kodak Film & Processing / Arri Camera and Lenses
11 mins. / Completed in April, 2001
Production: Hong Kong / USA

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MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICIAL PRESS KIT!
FOR CHINESE PRESS KIT CLICK HERE.

PRODUCTION STILLS:

Bus 44 - Bus Driver
GONG Beibi
as the Bus Driver


Bus 44 - Young Man
WU Chao as the Young Man


Bus 44 - Short Bandit
LI Yixiang as the Short Bandit


Bus 44 - Tall Bandit
ZHOU Kui as the Tall Bandit

Bus 44
"BUS 44" directed by Dayyan Eng


Gong Beibi
Chinese TV/film star GONG BEIBI (click save for larger photo)

Dayyan Eng
Writer/Director DAYYAN ENG (click save for larger photo)

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