Courthouse on Horseback

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Le Dernier voyage du juge Feng

Courthouse on Horseback

(Mabei shang de fating)

by Liu Jie

China

 

Le Dernier voyage du juge Feng

Director: Liu Jie

Screenplay: Wang Lifu

Cinematographer: Harrison Zhang

Editing: Liao Ching-song, Fang Lei

Sound: Yang Xin

Art Director: Cao Jiaan

Music: An Wei

Cast.: Li Baotian, Yang Yaning, Lu Yulai

Production: Liu Jie, Hsu Hsiao-ming

Year: 2006

35 mm, Color, 101 min, 
OV Mandarin Chinese with French subtitles

Horizons Award - Venise 2006

Si Xu, theIn Yunnan, a province in south-west of China, an itinerant tribunal travels on sinuous roads for its yearly tour. Old Feng is the judge. Aunt Yang, the court clerk, is about to retire. They are accompanied by young judge Ah-Luo on his first tour. An old horse carries the national emblem, their files and luggage. It is an exceptional journey in 21st century, through rural China and its ethnical minorities where conflicts reveal ancestral laws and traditions, and where state justice is confronted with peasant wisdom.
“I followed three different official judges during their tours and this experience made me think about the life of minorities, the consequences of preserving ethnicity, the culture, the environment, the development, the religion, the opposition between tradition and modernity, and of course the limitations of the Chinese law system.”

 
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