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Plum Flower Deer

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Death and rebirth in the natural world

Yoho Hang Yue, an art director at Crush in Toronto, teamed up with his wife Queenie Zhu to produce this lovely tale about about a pair of Plum Flower Deer who are separated by an act of man but are rejoined in the afterlife. The Plum Flower Deer is one of the most auspicious, divine animals in Chinese culture. The Plum Flower Tree itself has been the subject of innumerable paintings and poems,......read more

Skating Ordos, China's Ghost City

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Filmmaker Charles Lanceplaine follows a group of skateboarders to an abandoned city in Inner Mongolia

Called the "Dubai of northern China," Ordos is an Inner Mongolian city that's rich in resources and filled with interesting public architecture. Oddly, however, barely anyone lives there. Designed to be the home of one-million inhabitants, today only a few thousand people live there, making Ordos a veritable modern-day ghost town -- and a perfect skateboarding destination. Filmmaker......read more

The Perennial Plate: The Middle Way

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In China, the sustainable food series documents a restaurant owner's plight to promote organic produce

After graduating from an urban university and gaining some experience working in the city, Lifen Yang succumbed to the magnetic pull of her rural homeland near Kumming, in China's Yunnan province. Returning home, she applied her business know-how to launching her own restaurant. Sourcing organic produce from her parents' farm, Yang promotes healthy, sustainable food practices in the area. In "The......read more

Ben Hai

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Surreal Animation Through China's Southeast Countryside

This is just plain different.  Animation by Rob Jabbaz with music by Howie Lee....read more

China Rats "N.O.M.O.N.E.Y."

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Money is the object in this animated video for the upstart UK rock quartet

Like their early punk forefathers, China Rats' brand of straight-ahead, no-nonsense rock n' roll comes packed with plenty of hooks and just as much attitude. The Leeds, UK foursome called upon British animator/artist Richard Swarbrick to create some visuals for "N.O.M.O.N.E.Y.", a blistering two-minute track that captures the perennial frustration of being broke. Swarbrick interpreted the song's......read more

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