Chinese director Zhang Yang's gutsy film tackles a real-life tale of drug addiction, mental illness, family conflict and the downside of fame, using a cast of characters who are pretty much recreating their own experiences. It's the harrowing story of popular Chinese movie, theater and TV star Jia Hongsheng, who appeared in such films as SUMMER EXPECTATION and SILVER SNAKE MURDER, as well as Zhang's own stage adaptation of Kiss of the Spider Woman
. It was during this 1992 production that Hongsheng was first introduced to pot, and the insecure young actor soon progressed to harder drugs in hopes of quelling his doubts about his own talent. Three years later, Ji...