White River

Directed by Ma Xue
Film Movement
91 Minutes
South Korea
Mandarin, English
Drama, Erotic, Asian
Not Rated
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A woman living in quiet Yanjiao, separated from Beijing by the White River and observing strict quarantine rules, has a simple daily routine consisting of nothing but cooking and cleaning. The mundanity, however, gives was to an erotic entanglement when she begins to sleep with a waiter from the neighborhood, under the watchful eye of her husband. From first-time female director Ma Xue, White River tests the viewers perceptions around voyeurism and female sensuality to surrealistic effect in this playfully mounted erotic drama.


  • Yuan Tian
  • Ning Feng Song
  • Weihao Xu
  • Highest Rating
    "Not since In The Realm Of The Senses has a film showcased sensuality in such a delicate yet potent way. White River echoes the taboo-breaking art films of the 1970s and is easily in the same class. In her first feature, Ma strikes a unique tone with a movie as beautiful and fragile as an orchid...."
    Michael Talbot-Haynes, Film Threat
  • Highest Rating
    "“White River”... succeeds both as an art-house/experimental and an erotic film, with Ma Xue emerging as a filmmaker definitely worth following."
    Panos Kotzathanasis, Asian Movie Pulse

Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Rotterdam Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Jeonju International Film Festival

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