Introduced by Jason McGrath, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Film, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota.
Undeniably comic. Surprisingly ebullient.” — Village Voice
This neorealist gem of Chinese cinema, completed just before the revolution, shows the country’s transformation through the prism of a Shanghai boarding house. The tenants must work together to save their living space as the owner, a Chiang Kai-shek sympathizer, is fleeing the country and the Red Army is set to take over. During production, Zheng provided the studio with a fake script and made daily updates to the real screenplay hidden in the ceiling as the situation in the country changed. 1949, 35mm, 108 minutes.