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Bathhouse Drummer

17m Drama 2019

Language:Mandarin, Japanese with English Subtitles


UK Premiere

Synopsis When Japanese drummer Shota comes to Beijing for a performance, he finds himself lacking inspiration. He hears a thumping back massage being given nearby, and spontaneously wanders into a one-hundred-year-old building to find the source of the sound: it’s Fushun, the bathhouse master. Can this unique rhythm plant the seeds of inspiration for Shota’s next performance?

Director’s Statement With Bathhouse Drummer, I wanted to make an artistic film with commercial attributes. The plot of the Beijing grandpa’s back massage expands out to an exploration of bathhouse culture as a whole - its resonance with Beijing’s contemporary underclass and the way it allows characters from wildly different backgrounds to meet. For me, the rhythm of the drum becomes a gateway for their emotional expression.


European Independent Film Festival Nominee & Best Editing

Milan International Filmmaker Festival Nominee

Macau International Movie Festival - Best Short Film, Best Director


Rui Liu , Bin Li


Kaiqi Liu


Kaiqi Liu


Chinese, Japanese