Topics: Music / Art / Culture, Economic Development / Poverty, Globalization, Women / Gender / Sexuality
Directed by Wang Chao
Mandarin (Wuhanese), with subtitles in English
China, 2006, 88 minutes
“…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.”
-Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter
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.