Lu Chuan is considered one of the most talented young directors in China. Lu’s most recent film, City of Life and Death, won him great international renown. Cinema Without Borders of his directing: “Lu Chuan’s a master at choreographing action sequences. Like Kurosawa or Scorcese, he manages to personalize characters in the midst of the most chaotic violence. … Lu Chuan’s existential portrait of complicity and heroism forged in the realm of unspeakable fear, draws the audience into the madness of war.” Lu’s 2004 feature, Ke Ke Xi Li (Mountain Patrol), won numerous awards, including best film and special jury prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival and best picture and best cinematography at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, China. His 2001 directional debut, Xun Qiang (The Missing Gun), was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002 and subsequently at the Venice and Sundance film festivals.