Stammering Ballad | 말더듬이 가수왕 (2018)
A young Chinese folk singer leaves his hometown for the big city, only to find himself slowly returning to his roots. On this journey, his humor, anger and powerful folk songs all grow from the soil and dust of his deserted hometown.
3 decades ago, with the help of United Nations, thousands of population of a remote village was relocated from the desert to the banks of the Yellow River,
nearby a city, while most of their local ballads and folk music that had been sung for generations were lost. But this young man, who got stammered since childhood, learned many folk songs to treat his stutter. The treatment was failed, but he became crazy about the folk music of his homeland.
For last 7 years, He stayed away from home to make a living as a touring singer. Wandering through hundreds of cities, he became more and more popular and was invited to appear before a whole nation in China’s Got Talent show. But at a critical moment, he decided to quit and return home. But there’s nothing left in his homeland, as seeing the rural life entirely vanished, he has to learn how to deal with his angry homesick.
|Producer||RUBY CHEN | SINAE HA | ZHANG YONG|
|Production company||Pango pictures|
|Presented by||CNEX Studio Corporation | BODA Media Group | Communication University of China | Shenzhen Ming Culture communication Ltd|
|Shooting Format||UHD | 3840*2160 | 25p|
|Screening Format||DCP | Digital|
|Sound||5.1 Surround | Stereo|
|Length||110′ | 60′|
|Genre||Documentary | Music | Human Interest|
|Year of Production||2018|
|Subtitles||English | Korean|
|With Support of||Korea Communication Agency | National Geographic Channel Korea|
It is a journey of searching his own soul from the country to the city and back again.
A stuttering young boy who speaks with difficulty may not directly express his feeling about losing home; but as a director who comes from the same place, and stayed away for years, I find we share the same problem. Gasong’s anger comes from the strength of the wild poetry in country life. He tries to bring the vitality of these rural values into the city with his music, but how can he succeed while most of younger generation leave their home village, abandoning their local identity, struggling to adapt to the impersonal forces of modern urban life? In China, and one might say in all developing countries in Asia, we are facing the same impact of over-urbanization. I hope this film can remind us of the lost beauty inherent in the rural life, and to suggest that everybody stop for a moment and think about who we really are, and what kind of life do we want to live.
– Nan Zhang, Director
WORLD PREMIERE | International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018