By the director of Beijing Bicycle, this semi-autobiographical story is set in rural Guizhou Province in the latter days of the Cultural Revolution. The mother of eleven-year-old Wang Han buys him a new shirt which he wears with pride. As news of a local murder spreads, Han unwittingly comes face to face with the fugitive and is forced to give him his shirt and conceal his whereabouts. However, unable to keep the secret, Han confides in his closest friends, drawing them into a seemingly inescapable world of fear and unease. This is a warm coming of age tale, infused with symbolic resonances of the bridge between childhood and adulthood, memories of the past and human relationships.
With an introduction from Sonali Joshi (Pan-Asia Film Festival 2012). Unfortunately, due to illness, actor Wang Jing Chun will not be joining us for a post-screening Q&A as previously advertised.
Screening in association with Pan-Asia Film Festival 2012 and Asia House and as part of the Chinese Film Forum UK symposium