City Light by Chinese artist Yang Fudong follows a young man and his doppelganger on a detective story during a day in the city. With restrained comic appeal the protagonists enter into a film noir with all the requisites. The video switches from black and white to color while the score changes from Chinese melody to a Bossa Nova. The plot is detached from the liveliness of the cityscape, creating scenes that are serenely beautiful yet humorous.
Yang's films can be characterized by an atmosphere of ambivalence that reflects Chinese youth culture attitudes towards the evolving political and social environment. His films mirror Jean-Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett's existential conflation of man and nature. Yang's works has also been noted as a reinterpretation of traditional Chinese landscape painting-a more ornamental form of making images through pattern and design.