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From the dGenerate Films Collection
The Other Half(Ling Yi Ban)
A film by YING Liang
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Xiaofen (Zeng Xiaofei) spends all day listening to everything that's wrong with China, opening her eyes to the chaos that threatens her own life.

Working as a secretary for a legal office, Xiaofen records clients detailing the sordid aspects of their lives: divorce cases, medical malpractice suits, financial corruption and old-fashioned personal revenge. Xiaofen starts to question her own relationship with her boyfriend (Deng Gang), fresh out of prison and looking to get into trouble again with his gambling habit. While Xiaofen deals with the overwhelming social malaise surrounding her, rumors spread of a disaster at the local chemical plant, threatening to poison the entire city.

Indie director Ying Liang follows up his celebrated debut TAKING FATHER HOME with a brutally frank portrait of the social and environmental problems plaguing contemporary China.

Top 10 Films of 2008: "A fierce and harrowing cry of political rage" —The New Yorker

"Subtly subversive" —The New York Times

"One hell of a beautiful film! Endlessly haunting...with serene, even joyous consciousness that is the opposite of despair." —Variety

"A vivid angle into ordinary life in China" —David Bordwell

Tokyo FilmEx
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Singapore International Film Festival
Jeonju International Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
Sarajevo Film Festival
  

111 minutes / color
Sichuan dialect w/ English subtitles
Release: 2012
Copyright: 2006
Sale: $295

Subject areas:
Asia, China, East Asia, dGenerate Films Collection - Narratives

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