Family - Completed 2007

    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Family
    • Countries
    • CHINA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Meng ZHANG
    • Writer(s)
    • Meng ZHANG
    • Producer(s)
    • Guoguang ZHAO (Changchun Film Group Co., Ltd)
    • Synopsis
    • After 40 years' loyal service on the railroad as a mechanical engineer,
      Wang Kangmei (Fan) has retired. Though his wife (Cheng Shubo) is in
      hospital and his income is now a fraction of what it was, Wang remains
      resolutely optimistic.
      A modern version of Lu Xun's classic Chinese innocent Ah Q, Wang has
      never questioned any aspect of his life or his country's history. He
      reads the official papers, listens to radio news programs and goes about
      his daily routine with bluff confidence. And he's determined to find
      some kind of work, deeming himself still employable at age 55.
      Majority of the pic is set during the following day, as Wang moves
      around the city, meeting various people. Though the structure is
      basically episodic, the film never lingers too long on any one vignette,
      and the tight editing by Ma Yanyan and helmer Zhang's ear for natural
      dialogue make for a gently flowing portrait, not only of Wang himself,
      but of a whole human landscape in an average, ramshackle town in
      northeast China. (Pic shot in Ji'an, in Jilin province.)
      First up, Wang has his fortune told by a woman with a roadside computer
      (Liang Shuang); next, he visits a shoeshine lady (Xiang Yan); then, he
      takes over for a while from a pedicabber (Guan Xiaoping) whose rig is
      fitted with a stereo music center; and finally, he tries auditioning for
      a local opera troupe.
      Each of these encounters ends badly, with Wang sometimes not even
      realizing it's ended badly. But he carries on, finally visiting his
      infirm father (Zhao Naixun), who secretly worries about him. Day is also
      peppered with trips to his wife's bedside.