Press Release (2024): Only The River Flows

Only the River Flows is a new Neo-noir black comedy from Japan. For fans of Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho-type flicks! need I say more?

We’re delighted to share the official press release below for Only The River Flows. This one looks fantastic make sure to add it to your list.

Cannes Un Certain Regard Official Selection 

(Striding into the Wind, Ripples of Life)


‘A film noir that’s so vintage it comes wrapped in crackling celluloid and old cassette tapes. Written and directed by Wei Shujun, the movie is a puzzle-like homage to the noir genre itself, with echoes of Jean-Pierre Melville, Chinatown and Memories of Murder’

‘Imagine the gleaming surfaces of Park Chan-wook’s terrific Decision to Leave stripped of romance, all scuzzed-up and grimy’

Wei Shujun’s (Cannes entries Striding into the Wind, Ripples of Life) sophisticated and stylish noir ONLY THE RIVER FLOWS follows police detective Ma (Yilong Zhu), who’s assigned to investigate a small-town serial killer case. Set in 90’s rural China, the engrossing crime story is an adaptation of Yu Hua’s short story and features staggering visuals and cinematography from Chengma Zhiyuan (Fires on the Plain). Launching to great critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, the film has been featured at various international festivals, including the BFI London Film Festival. ONLY THE RIVER FLOWS will be released in UK and Irish cinemas 16th August 2024. 

1990s, Banpo Town, rural China. A woman’s body is found by the river. Ma Zhe, Chief of the Criminal Police, heads up the murder investigation that quickly leads to an obvious arrest. As his superiors are keen to communicate their success, several clues push Ma Zhe to delve deeper into the hidden behaviour of his fellow citizens.

Masterfully directed and filmed on 16mm, Wei Shujun creates a brooding, enigmatic movie filled with dark humour and social commentary.

Only The River Flows Trailer

ONLY THE RIVER FLOWS is released in UK and Irish cinemas 16th August 2024
Certificate 15 / Running Time 101 Minutes 

You can follow Moviehooker on the socials listed below. Check back soon for more news, reviews, interviews and TV and movie lists. As always, thanks for reading.

FacebookTwitterInstagramTiktok and YouTube


Leave a comment

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.