CineCina Film Festival Screening to Explore the Search for a Post-WWII Japanese Orphan Adopted in China

Tracing Her Shadow

Saturday, September 11 from 1:35 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. EDT

SVA Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Admission: $20

CineCina Film Festival presents the North American premiere of Tracing Her Shadow, a film by writer/director Pengfei. Exploring the topic of Japanese orphans adopted in China following World War II, Tracing Her Shadow stars Wu Yanshu, Ying Ze, and Japanese actors Jun Kunimura and Masatoshi Nagase. Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, who wrote and directed Sweet Bean, is one of the executive producers.

Wu Yanshu and Jun Kunimura in Tracing Her Shadow

About Tracing Her Shadow

After the surrender of Japan in 1945, a large number of Japanese orphans were adopted by families in Northeast China. With the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries in the 1970s and ‘80s, many orphans returned to Japan, including Lihua, the adopted daughter of Grandma Chen.

After not hearing from Lihua for a long time, Grandma Chen travels to Nara to find her. In a foreign country, she meets many war orphans. Their lives reveal another side of war trauma. Due to cultural differences and conflicts, Grandma Chen’s journey of tracing Lihua gets complicated. Her adopted daughter’s whereabouts becomes the biggest mystery in everyone’s heart.

The film is in Mandarin and Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles.

Watch the trailer here.

About Pengfei

Born into a family of Peking Opera performers, Pengfei graduated from Institut International de l’Image et du Son after eight years of studying filmmaking. Since 2008, he has worked as the assistant director to Tsai Ming-liang (Face and Stray Dogs). His debut feature, Underground Fragrance, premiered at Venice Days in 2015 and won the FEDEORA Award for Best Film. His second feature, The Taste of Rice Flower, also played at Venice Days in 2017.

Tracing Her Shadow writer/director Pengfei

COVID-19 Safety and Health Policies

All audience members must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering the venue. Please bring your photo ID and vaccination card or NYS Excelsior Pass to the screening. Everyone must wear masks at all times while inside the venue, except while drinking water. Food and drink, other than water, are NOT permitted.

To purchase tickets, please visit CineCina Film Foundation Inc.’s Eventbrite page. For more information about CineCina Film Festival, please visit their website.