What drove you to work on this film?
The inspiration came to me quite spontaneously. A few years ago, one afternoon, I was sitting on the sofa listening to music. It was a foreign song with lyrics that I found hard to understand but by ear, I guessed it was a song about a love affair. Suddenly, a story came into my head: to escape from a police manhunt, a prisoner on the run crosses half of China to a beach where he finds his girlfriend from high school. I wrote it and then I set it aside. Years later, this fictitious story actually happened in real life. So I decided to transform it into a script.
How did you choose the actors?
I have a completely open attitude with regard to actors. My choices are not only based on how an actor's temperament resembles that of the character. I also tend to look for actors who are very different from the ones who appear to be suitable for the role because this adds a different colour to the whole thing. I like to invite professional actors to interact with amateurs because simple performances can be the source of a true feeling of transparency.
Is The Wild Goose Lake as sinister and criminal as your other films?
Sinister and criminal often go together, and this is the way I see the world: my characters are dangerous, charming and condemned.