Today and Tomorrow

Directed by: Yang Huilong
China | 90 minutes
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Three highly educated but unemployed youths, a small ‘ant tribe’, fight for their future from their dilapidated apartment.

An ‘ant tribe’ is a group of highly-educated but jobless young people who live together. The dreams, hopes and realities of contemporary China’s 20-somethings are explored in this youthful film through an ‘ant tribe’ comprised of three of these unemployed youths, two men and a woman.

‘Today and Tomorrow’ is set in an apartment complex in Tang Jialing, a northern suburb of Beijing. Ran Ran, who dreams of being a fashion designer, her live-in lover Jie, and also their friend Wang Xu who, because of his awkward personality, performed his job poorly and was laid off, seem powerless do anything on their own. Without a definite future, the gloomy daily existence of these three is depicted with a documentary-style approach – partially because the cast & crew actually lived on-set during the shoot, trying to recreate the dispiriting conditions as closely as they could.

Director Yang Huilong is known to have been in an ‘ant tribe’ himself for a time. This debut film, to which he devoted all his efforts over a 10 year period, may be an autobiographical work to a certain degree.

Kiyomi Nakazaki

Country
China
Runtime
90
Director(s)
Yang Huilong
Writer(s)
Lin Shiwei
Producer(s)
Hao Lin
DOP
Sun Tian
Yang Huilong
Cast
Kailin Tang
Shu Yao
Daotie Wang
Original Format
Digital