Directed by Lana Wang
Night-blooming Cereus is a crime short film. A young Broadway actress becomes a lead star after witnessing a secretive death of the main actor. Withholding the truth from others, she seems to have an acting career better than ever…
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Growing up in a small town in 1990s China, my biggest pleasure of all would be watching American Gangster films and Thrillers with my dad every Friday night. Those films were an eye-opener for me and I started collecting inspiration from names like Martin Scorsese and Billy Wilder.
The first film I written and directed, Nana, won awards and became the official selection of more than twenty international film festivals. Most recently, the documentary I co-produced, Like the Dyer’s Hand, was nominated Best Documentary at the 2020 Shanghai International Film Festival.
When I visited New York City, I was fascinated by the city’s history and the stories of gangsters that existed and thrived. During my whole life, I’ve watched many brilliant gangster films and Film-Noirs. As a female filmmaker, I want to create a film about a crime story that hasn’t been told, while bringing the audience back to the golden age of Film-Noir using iconic sound and visuals.