Suzhou River

Edition no. 48

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Directed by: Lou Ye

A videographer narrates the story of Mardar, a small-time crook who delivers packages without asking questions, until he is tasked with delivering Moudan, the daughter of a shady smuggler. After a failed kidnapping attempt sees Moudan disappear and Mardar imprisoned, Mardar returns to the Suzhou River to look for Moudan. Instead, he discovers Meimei, a woman who looks identical to his long-lost love, and also happens to be the subject of our videographer narrator’s obsession.  Set within the murky wastelands of Shanghai, Lou Ye’s award-winning re-tooling of Hitchcock’s Vertigo is a visual treat that features the kinetic style of Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express. A unique take on the neo-noir genre, Suzhou River is newly restored in 4K and made available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Mandarin 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround
Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50


  • Newly filmed interview with critic and programmer Tony Rayns (2024, 33 mins)
  • In Shanghai - a short film documentary portrait by Lou of his home city (2001, 16 mins)
  • Trailer
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Josh Slater-Williams, Tony Rayns, a newly translated archival interview with Lou Ye and producer Philippe Bober

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