Part of SFFILM Festival
So Long, My Son
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
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).
Original Language Title Di jiu tian chang
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
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