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LUXURY CAR (Jiang Cheng Xia Ri)

Director: Wang Chao
China   |   2006   |   88 minutes
Mandarin (Wuhanese), with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis In this emotionally taut narrative, Li Qi Ming travels from his small village to the city of Wuhan, determined to fulfill his wife's last wish of seeing her son. But instead of finding his son, he discovers his daughter working as a karaoke bar escort, forcing him to come to terms with their long-estranged relationship and the tenuous future of his family. Director Wang Chao uses Li Qi Ming to represent the painful reality of thousands of parents who have lost contact with their children through rural exodus and political upheaval in China.

About the Director Wang Chao was born in Nanjing, China in 1964. In 1994, he received his university diploma from the Beijing Film Academy. After graduating, he worked for 5 years as a factory worker, writing poems in his spare time. From 1995 to 1998, he was the assistant to Chen Kaige, the director of Farewell My Concubine (1993) and The Emperor and the Assassin (1998). He has also been a cinema critic, specializing in foreign films. His previous feature films include The Orphan of Anyang (2001) and Night and Day (2004). Luxury Car is his third feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2008 film series.




CAST

Li Qi Ming (The Father) - Wu You Cai
Li Yan Hong (The Daughter) - Tian Yuan
He Ge - Huang He
Old Policeman - Li Yi Qing

CREW

Director - Wang Chao
Writer - Wang Chao
Producers - Sylvain Bursztejn, Mao Yong Hong
Cinematographer - Liu Yong Hong
Editor - Tao Wen
Sound - Wang Ran
Music - Xiao He
REVIEWS

“Mainland Chinese helmer Wang Chao finally attains an almost perfect balance between style and content in 'Luxury Car,' a tightly written and beautifully played drama…” -Variety

“…the performances are subtle and smart, especially Wu as the cagey father. As the wayward daughter, Chinese pop star Tian is both tender and seductive.” -The Hollywood Reporter

“By any relevant measure—plot, casting, performance, pace—the film is not just noteworthy by the standards of one festival: it is an outstanding film, perhaps a great film, one that will be watched many years from now.” -Edinburgh International Film Festival

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2007
CINE NOVO FILM FESTIVAL
RIO DE JANEIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LA FOA FILM FESTIVAL
CINEMANILA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BUCHAREST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
GRANADA FILM FESTIVAL CINES DEL SUR
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ESKISEHIR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL

2006
Prix Un Certain Regard, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BRUSSELS L'AGE D’OR PRIZE / CINEDÉCOUVERTES
FILMFEST HAMBURG
ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF KERALA
ROME ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
RABAT FRENCH INSTITUTE
WARSAW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VLADIVOSTOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BRATISLAVA
PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SOTCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
EDINBURGH INTERNATIOAL FILM FESTIVAL
AFI FEST

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