2006. China. Wang Chao. 88 min.
Thursday, January 24, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2006. China. Directed by Wang Chao. With Tian Yuan, Wu You Cai, Huang He. Li Qi Ming, a father and newly retired teacher, is one of the thousands of parents in China who have lost contact with their children through rural exodus and political upheaval. He travels from his village to visit his daughter (played by rock singer Tian Yuan) who, unbeknownst to her family, works as an escort in a karaoke bar in Wuhan and is pregnant with the older, well-to-do owner's child. Determined to fulfill his dying wife's wish to see their son again, her father works with a local—also retiring—policeman to locate the beloved son. Both son and mother are strong offscreen presences, as Wang portrays a society morally adrift, in which tragic disappearances are all too common and private lives are vulnerable. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 88 min.