The Foolish Bird

Directed by: Huang Ji & Ryuji Otsuka
China | 118 minutes
uk-premiere
Screenings
Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Mon 25th Sep 16:00

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Sat 30th Sep 20:00

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Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka (Egg and Stone, 2012) return to the big screen with their second feature film, again putting the spotlight on small-town China and the children left behind by the economic migration that sees parents working hundreds of miles from their homes. 16-year-old Lynn lives with her grandparents while her mother is away. She’s smart enough to consider (and be considered for) a career with the local police force, a relatively stable and prosperous position in her struggling town. But money is everything and, when the opportunity to make a quick few hundred yuan selling stolen phones presents itself, Lynn isn’t too hesitant to take it. In the age of social media, however, secrets can’t be kept, and a known thief would never be hired on the force. Dejected and fearful, Lynn must learn to navigate the confusing, harsh and dangerous world of her oppressive hometown entirely on her own, leading to more alienation, distress and trauma as the young girl is taken advantage of by those who should – and do – know better. The Foolish Bird is a quietly devastating film that gives the audience an intimate peek into the oppressive life of small-town China. Orestes Kouzof
Original Title
BenNiao
Runtime
118
Cast
Yao Honggui
Country
China
Director(s)
Huang Ji
Ryuji Otsuka
Writer(s)
Huang Ji
Ryuji Otsuka
Producer(s)
Hsiaoming Hsu
Ryuji Otsuka
Executive Producer(s)
Ruby Chen
Screening Status
UK Premiere