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Part of SFFILM Festival

So Long, My Son

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

China | Fiction | 185

10 Apr
Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Creativity Theater
Creativity Theater 221 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
12 Apr
Sun, Apr 12 at 7:00 pm
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
19 Apr
Sun, Apr 19 at 6:30 pm
SFMOMA Phyllis Wattis Theater


Wang Xiaoshuai’s (Red Amnesia, Festival 2015) unforgettable family portrait tackles the tragic implications of China’s one-child policy in epic form. It tells the story of two families from the 1970s to the present, revealing their trajectories through flashbacks that have a cumulative emotional power. The story hinges on a tragic drowning and a series of ensuing decisions that will have long-reaching ramifications. As the depredations of the Cultural Revolution sit alongside more daily concerns and challenges, the film builds to a remarkably poignant finale.

“So measured is the pacing, so sinuous the timeline, so understated the subtle ache of the performances that you don’t immediately realize that Wang Xiaoshuai’s exquisite three-hour drama has been performing the emotional equivalent of open-heart surgery on the audience since pretty much the first scene.” –Wendy Ide, The Guardian

Director Wang Xiaoshuai

Writer-director Wang Xiaoshuai made his debut in 1993 with The Days (Festival 1994). Among his films are Beijing Bicycle (2001), Shanghai Dreams (2005), Chongqing Blues (2010), and Red Amnesia (Festival 2015).



Film Details

Language Mandarin

Original Language Title Di jiu tian chang

Year 2019

Runtime 185

Country China

Director Wang Xiaoshuai

Producer Liu Xuan

Writer A Mei, Wang Xiaoshuai

Editor Lee Chatametikool

Cinematographer Kim Hyun-seok

Music Dong Yingda

Cast Wang Jingchun, Yong Mei, Qi Xi