'Cities of Last Things': Release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything you need to know about the sci-fi drama

Directed by Ho Wi Ding, 'Cities of Last Things' released in 2018 to a set of positive reviews. As the movie now comes to Netflix viewers, here is all you need to know about it.

                            'Cities of Last Things': Release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything you need to know about the sci-fi drama

First released in 2018 at the Toronto International Film Festival, 'Cities of Last Things' was named the winner of the Platform Prize. A co-production from Taiwan, China, France and the United States, the film is a sci-fi drama that revolves around the suicide of its key character Zhang Dong Ling and retells his story in reverse chronological order. 

Directed by Malaysian filmmaker Ho Wi Ding, the film takes the viewer through three different eras. While the first one is set in a dystopian vision of the year 2035, the second is a film noir segment that reflects on Zhang's job as a police officer and the third is a flashback from his childhood encounter with a local organized crime boss.

Release date

The movie first released in 2018 and can now be streamed on Netflix.


The movie begins with an opening scene where a man named Zhang Dong Ling falls from his apartment block. The dramatic plot then takes the viewer through three life-changing moments that led him to take that decision. 

Told in reverse-chronological order, the film slowly reveals his inner conscience and his fraught inner world that affected him so greatly as to take his own life.


The character of Zhang is portrayed by Jack Kao in the first segment, Lee Hong-chi in the second, and Hsieh Chang-Ying in the third. The cast also includes Huang Lu and Louise Grinberg.


Born and raised in Malaysia, Ho Wi Ding wrote, directed and produced the movie along with Hu Chi Hsin, Winnie Lau, Alexis Perrin and Ronan Wong.


Netflix's 'Cities of Last Things' presents an interesting reverse take on questions related to life, love and death. The 2-minute clip shows a glimpse of the dramatic storyline. 



Where to watch

The movie that first released on September 8, 2018, and is now available for streaming on Netflix.

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