dGenerate Films c/o Icarus Films  |  
(p) (718) 488-8900 | info@dgeneratefilms.com
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
Distributing the finest in Chinese independent film

THE OTHER HALF

(Ling Yi Ban)

WATCH

Sichuan dialect w/ English subtitles

Minutes: 

111

Director: 

Ying Liang

Narrative

2006

|

China

Home

THE OTHER HALF

Institutional

THE OTHER HALF

Trailer

THE OTHER HALF

Xiaofen (Zeng Xiaofei) spends all day listening to everything that's wrong with China, opening her eyes to the chaos that threatens her own life.

Working as a secretary for a legal office, Xiaofen records clients detailing the sordid aspects of their lives: divorce cases, medical malpractice suits, financial corruption and old-fashioned personal revenge. Xiaofen starts to question her own relationship with her boyfriend (Deng Gang), fresh out of prison and looking to get into trouble again with his gambling habit. While Xiaofen deals with the overwhelming social malaise surrounding her, rumors spread of a disaster at the local chemical plant, threatening to poison the entire city.

Indie director Ying Liang follows up his celebrated debut TAKING FATHER HOME with a brutally frank portrait of the social and environmental problems plaguing contemporary China.

 

  • Tokyo FilmEx

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival

  • Hong Kong International Film Festival

  • Singapore International Film Festival

  • Jeonju International Film Festival

  • San Francisco International Film Festival

  • Sarajevo Film Festival

1/1

The New Yorker

Top 10 Films of 2008: "A fierce and harrowing cry of political rage"

David Bordwell

"A vivid angle into ordinary life in China"

The New York Times

"Subtly subversive"

Variety

"One hell of a beautiful film! Endlessly haunting...with serene, even joyous consciousness that is the opposite of despair."