Twenty-five years ago, to stop the country's spiralling birth rate, China's communist government decreed that couples should have just one child. And influenced by Chinese tradition, couples usually want a son and not a daughter. According to official figures, about 117 boys are born for every 100 girls. Many reasons have been given for the fact that more boys are born than girls, including selective abortion or infanticide, under-reporting of female births and adoption.
This film follows 24-year-old Xinhau Lu, who still lives with his parents on a small farm in rural China, as he searches for a wife. Knowing he would not attract a bride in his impoverished circumstances, he travels 860 miles to Beijing, in the hopes of finding work and attracting a bride. His loneliness is evident when he attends the wedding of a more fortunate childhood friend.
Some young women across China are being kidnapped and sold as brides. We meet Qing, only 16 years-old when she was snatched and forced to live with a desperate bachelor. There are women, like Shao Ying, who are making successful careers and enjoying the single life.
The Chinese government believes that within 15 years as many as 40 million men will be permanent bachelors.
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