NIGHT 222 – THE STORY OF KING SHAHRIMAN AND HIS SON QAMAR AL ZAMAN

Strange machines from The Village of No Return (健忘村) film starring Shu Qi – a machine that, when placed on your head, erases all your worries… but eventually erases all your memories, too. The mysterious monk who sets these strange machinations in action in a small village arrives in an equally curious mechanism himself. But there is also a cure that can reverse the process… the worries themselves are played in the device like little 16mm movies in a cinema. As you know I love devices like the play within a play, or movies within movies, or stories within stories in the manner of the 1001 Arabian Nights, which I’m studying for my PhD. As a whole this was a film a little reminiscent of Wes Anderson for me. Would you want all your worries to disappear, though?

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