Shanghai, May 2010 ~ “我经常一个人带着摄影机去苏州河，顺流而下，从西向东，穿过上海。近一个世纪以来的所有传说，故事，记忆还有所有的垃圾都堆积在这里，使这里成为一条最脏的河。可是还有许多人在这里，他们靠这条河流生活。许多人在这里渡过他们的一 生。在河上，你可以看见这些人……看的时间长了，这条河可以让你看到一切。看到劳动的人们，看到友谊，看到父亲和孩子，看到孤独……我曾看见过一个女孩跳到河里，看到一对年轻恋人的尸体被警察从河里拖起来。关于爱情，我想说曾经有一次我看见一条美人鱼，她坐在河岸上梳理她的金色头发。 别信我，我在撒谎……” “I like to take my camera to the Suzhou River, and just drift along, West to East through Shanghai. There’s a century worth of stories here and rubbish, which makes it the filthiest river. Many people live here anyway, making a living on the river. They spend their whole lives here. Look, you can see them. If you watch it long enough, the river will show you everything. It will show you people working. It will show you friendship, parents and children, and loneliness as well. Once I saw a baby getting born on a barge. I've also seen a girl jump into the river from a bridge and the bodies of two young lovers being dragged out of the water by the police. As for love, I could tell you that I saw a mermaid once, sitting on the muddy bank, combing her golden hair. But I’d be lying…” – Excerpt from one of my absolute favourite films, “苏州河”/“Suzhou River” (Swedish title: "Sjöjungfrun i Shanghai") by Lou Ye (2000). I tried to teach myself the first few lines of the film (lines spoken by Zhou Xun who has the most sensual voice on the planet) long before I had started studying Mandarin, just by mimicking the sound. Now I'm very happy that I can watch the film without being dependent on the subtitles that are often incorrect or leave out parts of the lines. On my first visit to Shanghai on a school trip to see the World Expo, I was honestly more excited to see the river scenery captured here that looked straight out of the movie in all its urban grit. I had loved the film for years already and seen it many times while dreaming myself away, and now I was staying in a hotel with this very view. I bet few, if any, of my fellow students appreciated it like I did. I had been aching to see "the chaotically built-up riverside architecture of factory buildings and abandoned warehouses along the Suzhou River, rather than the glitzy new face of Shanghai" (quote from the Wikipedia article of the film).