Synopsis by Mark Deming
A cop finds himself facing a dangerous assignment, finding love, and confronting his notions about the nature of art all at once in this drama from China. Tai Lin (Pan Yueming) is a young man with a creative bent and a love of painting, but practical matters dictated that he get a "real job," and he's recently joined the police force. One day, he sees a young woman about to jump from a bridge, and he leaps in to rescue her. However, Tai Lin is informed by attractive Liu Yun (Yuan Quan) that she's an actress, and that her attempted leap was just part of a performance art project. At once embarrassed and intrigued, Tai Lin becomes aquainted with Liu Yun, and she soon asks him to help her find a man who helped save her life years before. Tai Lin's research leads him into a murder case that's gone unsolved for two decades, but at the same time the young cop isn't entirely certain that he isn't being sent on a wild goose chase in the name of performance art. Lanse Aiqing received its North American premier at the 2001 Montreal Film Festival.
actor, murder, police-officer