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Underground Fragrance

Underground Fragrance

Pengfei Song

France, China | 2015 | Genre: Drama | first feature film | running time: 75’

"Shows us, with humanity and a pinch of humour, what could lie under the surface of a thriving modern capital."
Vittoria Scarpa - Cineuropa

TFL Awards

TFL Production Award 2011 (€ 140.000)

festivals & awards

Venice Days, Venice International Film Festival 2015 / FEDORA Prize


Yong Le, a young migrant worker from the south, salvages furniture to re-sell. He lives in a room in Beijing's Underground City, a labyrinthian former bomb shelter that serves as cheap housing for people looking for opportunity in the big city. But after a bad work accident leaves him temporarily blind, he has to use a rope to find his way around the dimly lit basement halls, until, one night, he meets a girl at the other end of his rope. Xiao Yun, is a migrant too. She is desperately trying to find new employment so that she can leave her job pole dancing at nights. Her meeting with Yong Le and their burgeoning relationship encourages her to hunt for a more respectable job. At ground level, old Lao Jin has been struggling for years to get a decent compensation deal from the authorities who want to demolish his house. His health is declining and his savings are evaporating. And he's counting on Yong Le to sell his furniture at a good price. Three lives propelled by the "Chinese Dream" intermingle in the vast melting pot of the Beijing metropolis.


Underground Fragrance
original title

Di Xia Xiang




France, China

running time


produced by

House On Fire - France

in co-production with

Mishka Production - China

directed by

Pengfei Song


Urban Distribution International

An underground love story in the ultra modern city of Beijing.
TFL Programmes

FrameWork 2011

Pengfei Song

Scriptwriter, Film Director

Vincent Wang