Asian Pop-Up Cinema - Season 15 Virtual

Schemes in Antiques 古董局中局 (China)

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Special Encore

China | Thriller/Action | 2021 | 123 minutes

In Mandarin w/ English subtitles

Director: Derek Kwok

Starring: Lei Jia-yin, Li Xian, Xin Zhi-lei, Ge You

Film Source: Well Go USA


Despite his family’s famed expertise on ancient relics, Xu Yuan makes a simple living as the owner of an electronics shop, eager to distinguish himself from a disgraced ancestor executed for treason after stealing a Chinese artifact for Japan. But when a descendant offers to return the relic to China, Xu Yuan uncovers a decades-old mystery and embarks on a journey that could finally restore his family’s reputation—and may also cost him his life.


“Based on a novel by Ma Boyong, SCHEMES IN ANTIQUES hurtles through its two-hour running time with a mix of thriller style, action adventure and more. Early on, Xu Yuan’s hidden expertise is revealed in an antiques-identifying contest that’s given heavy cinematic treatment, replete with swooping camerawork, snazzy effects and a swelling orchestral score. But the picture can also be overly dense: a parade of twists and turns zips by from start to finish, requiring viewers to stay alert or else miss key bits of exposition.”—Tim Youngs, Far East Film Festival

  • Year
  • Runtime
    123 minutes
  • Language
    Chinese, Mandarin
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Special Encore
  • Director
    Derek Kwok
  • Cast
    Lei Jia-Yin, Li Xian, Xin Zhi-Lei, Ge You