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Grain in Ear (2005)
"Mang zhong" (original title)

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Grain in Ear follows the plight of Cui (Liu Lianji), a young Korean mother living on the outskirts of Chinese society. With a husband in jail and a son to support, she barely makes a living... See full summary »

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Grain in Ear follows the plight of Cui (Liu Lianji), a young Korean mother living on the outskirts of Chinese society. With a husband in jail and a son to support, she barely makes a living selling kimchi to workers along the side of a bleak, industrial road. A love affair with a fellow Chinese-Korean leads to tragic consequences as Cui struggles against the vulnerability of her position. Written by anonymous

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Make sure an innocent person is not hurt anywhere, anytime under any circumstances.

Chinese-Korean filmmaker Zhang Lu shares his artistic destiny with the likes of Japanese filmmakers Yoichi Sai (Blood and bones) and Lee Sang Il (Borderline) who are ethnically Korean but have been creatively active for all their lives in their country of residence Japan. As they have personally been victims of indifference, they have decided to mitigate their sufferings by showing their anger,frustration,hurt, disappointment and misery in their films. Their films are about the problems faced by those people who form part of two cultures. The inherent message of these films is how difficult it is to live like a second class citizen in a land whose customs, traditions and are not at all different from one's homeland. On the contrary, "Grain in ear" directed by Zhang Lu tackles the essential question of cultural identity. The film speaks of the cultural clash faced by Cui Shunji, an unmarried woman of Korean origin. She does everything in order to keep her young boy happy. It is important to note that like Chinese filmmaker Wang Chao (Orphan of Anyang), Zhang Lu too started his artistic career as a writer. It is for this very reason that he has deliberately chosen to give a bookish feel to this film. Watching this film, we feel as if we are reading a filmed book. This film is surely not for viewers used to Hollywood style slick, quick action type films where something keeps on happening every now and than. "Grain in ear" portrays how ordinary people are driven to madness when they are provoked beyond the normal limit of endurance. For this film, Zhang Lu received full support as well as cooperation from an equally great writer turned filmmaker, the acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang Dong (Oasis) who also worked for a brief while as South Korean minister of culture.


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