So Long, My Son
Di jiu tian chang
Don’t miss this absorbing family chronicle that unfolds modern Chinese history with the rich insightfulness of a novel.
Dir Wang Xiaoshuai
With Ai Liya, Wang Jingchun, Yong Mei
A Curzon release
This complex ensemble piece spans four decades, from the 1980s to the cosmopolitan present, and follows the interconnected fortunes of various characters around a couple, Liyun (Yong Mei) and Yaojun (Wang Jingchun), and their son. In the early 80s, Liyun, a factory worker, becomes pregnant for the second time, falling foul of the national policy of one-child families. Zigzagging between decades, the film shows how political reality affects the fates of the family and those around them. A moving and deeply involving drama of personal and national destinies, this epic narrative is executed with mesmerising control.
Jonathan Romney, LFF Programme Advisor