(China/Hong Kong/Germany/2007) Directed by Li Yang
A demographic time bomb is exploding in today’s China; Deng Xiaoping’s “one-child policy” has resulted in too few women available for Chinese men to marry. The result has been an explosion of modern-day slavery. An attractive, urbane young woman (Huang Lu in a memorable screen debut) travels to a remote village in mountainous Shaanxi province for a reasonably well-paying job she has been promised. Instead she is kidnapped, drugged, and sold into marriage. Huang Lu gives a stirring performance as the unwitting bride whose increasingly desperate and ingenious attempts to escape pit her against a corrupt community and its government enablers. Controversial Chinese filmmaker Li Yang (who previously exposed criminal scams in the Chinese mining industry in his devastating Blind Shaft) was inspired by the horrific reality of human trafficking for this riveting thriller. Real-life kidnapped brides were cast in several roles. Standing ovation, 2007 Cannes Film Festival. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (97 min.) Thu. at 7:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. at 9:30 p.m.
“Extraordinary… vivid cinematography and tremendous acting.” -Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter
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