In his final year at film school, talented yet frivolous sound recordist Kun would rather be anywhere than in class. Instead he drives around Beijing in his old Jeep – an embodiment of shabby free-spiritedness – goofing-off and dreaming of visiting Inner Mongolia. From the opening scene, where Kun abandons his driving test in a fit of rage, we embark on a journey marked by restlessness and absurdity, calamity and joy. Inspired by Wei Shujun’s own experiences, this intuitive, unpretentious and contemplative snapshot of contemporary China resonates with sensory details, amplified by the stunning lead performance of Zhou You. Reminiscent of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s exhilarating early films from the 1980s, this idiosyncratic road-movie is as refreshing as a breeze through an open car window.
Hyun Jin Cho
Sales Films Boutique
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