Sheep without a Shepherd (Sam Quah, 2019, 112 min, China, Mandarin, DCP)
– Introduced by Krista Van Fleit (Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Language, University of South Carolina)
A family man and film fanatic, Lee is forced to apply tricks he has learned from crime thrillers to cover up a killing committed by his wife and teenage daughter… a murder in which the victim is the only son of the local head of police (played by Twin Peaks star Joan Chen). This Chinese/Malay cat and mouse thriller has been a blockbuster hit across Asia.
“[A] loopy, stylized celebration of the kinds of byzantine, trap-laden suspensers that have delighted audiences from ‘The Purloined Letter’ through Hitchcock’s wronged-man oeuvre and the career of M. Night Shyamalan.” – Los Angeles Times