Independent animator, former painter and first time director Liu Jian sold his apartment to make Piercing 1 on his tablet computer, producing a surprise hit on the European Film Festival circuit.

Having moved to the city to work, Zhang Xiaojun loses his job because of the financial downturn and things worsen when he is mistaken for a thief. Strikingly different from the majority of recent Chinese filmmaking, Piercing 1 tells a darker yet compelling tale of contemporary Chinese society and the drive for wealth and success. Increasingly disenfranchised, Xiaojun and his friend Dahong are convincing animated characters, attempting to deal with their situation in a manner worthy of the Coen Brothers.

Filmmakers Q&A

We are pleased to welcome director Liu Jian and producer Lynne Wang for a post-screening Q&A.

Staff Review

Not sure if Piercing 1 is for you? Read our review from Cornerhouse Digital Reporter Ben here.

Supported by Confucius Institute and in association with Chinese Film Forum UK.

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75 minutes

Full English

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