China, 1990s. When an explicit book opens a naive dance student boy’s eyes to sexuality, his curiosity wars with social taboos and self-doubt. An intense encounter with a female peer forces the introspective boy across the threshold of innocence, plunging him into a personal rite of passage rife with fear and self-awareness.


  • Shengwen Ruan: Director
  • Shengwen Ruan: Writer
  • Li Zhang: Producer
  • Zhiquan Yang: Key Cast


  • Project Title (Original Language): 惊梦
  • Project Type: Short
  • Runtime: 19 minutes 19 seconds
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Country of Filming: China
  • Language: Chinese
  • Shooting Format: 4K
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Film Color: Color
  • Student Project: Beijing Film Academy