In First Feature Film, Peabody-Winning Director Tackles Big Brother’s Bleeding Edge Surveillance Tech

By Larry Ong for the Epoch Times

In the grimy basement of a hospital in Shanghai, a medical orderly places a body scarred by torture in a furnace. Meanwhile, a Western technologist privately meets a Chinese director of public security to secure a deal for an advanced surveillance system at the table of a posh restaurant.

Over 90 minutes, the trajectories of these two disparate events intertwine in the new heart-stopping thriller based on real-life events by the winner of a prestigious Peabody Award.

“The Bleeding Edge” is director and producer Leon Lee’s first full-length feature film, and is set to premiere at the Palm Beach International Film Festival on April 11. Like Lee’s award winning documentary “Human Harvest,” “The Bleeding Edge” explores an aspect of the Chinese regime’s brutal persecution campaign against practitioners of Falun Gong.

Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline, drew the ire of former Party chief Jiang Zemin after official estimates placed the number of adherents at 70 to 100 million people. In July 1999, Jiang ordered all Party organs to target Falun Gong practitioners and “ruin their reputations, bankrupt them financially, and destroy them physically,” contemporaneous reports from Falun Gong human rights monitors said. Party cadres who complied with the requirements quickly climbed the regime’s ranks, while those who failed to successfully “transform,” or “eradicate” Falun Gong practitioners fell out of favor.

Lee’s “Human Harvest” dealt with the Chinese regime’s murderous procurement of transplant organs from still living Falun Gong practitioners and other persecuted groups in China. In 2015, “Human Harvest” won the George Foster Peabody Award, a distinguished and selective broadcast media accolade.

Trailer for the upcoming film, Bleeding Edge.