He started to write in earnest in 2003 throughout the SARS crisis, when tens of millions of individuals have been successfully quarantined by the viral outbreak; a whole bunch died. “We had nowhere to go hang out and have fun,” he mentioned, “so I would spend the whole day shut in my room.”
With the success of the “Death Notice” trilogy, he was in a position to give up his job as a professor in 2012 and return to Yangzhou. He has given up writing solely and now devotes his inventive efforts to producing his personal movies on-line, via the manufacturing firm, Frog Brothers, which he based. He has additionally begun finding out movie course, having been disillusioned that the favored serial model of his trilogy became a dark comedy.
Producing and directing enable him to management extra features of the tales he desires to inform, he mentioned. His first on-line movie venture was a psychological thriller, roughly translated as “Shuttered Room,” about two strangers mysteriously confined in a sealed residence collectively.
Mr. Zhou’s style for the cinematic is evident. The germ of the concept for the “Death Notice” trilogy got here from a 2006 music video by Jay Chou, the favored singer and actor from Taiwan, and the narrative is lean and quick paced, with little by the use of description or extreme ruminations.
He appears a part of a era for whom the boundaries between the written and the visible, the printed phrase and the picture on display screen, have blurred, permitting him to glide dexterously from one medium to the subsequent, one style to the subsequent. The format, Mr. Zhou mentioned, was not so necessary. “I just ask myself, ‘What is the best way to tell the story.’”