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Rongcai Fu ...
Work chief
Chao Ji ...
Boat owner
Dan Liu ...
Wu Hongyan
Shudi Liu ...
Neighbor
Yongsheng Liu ...
Secretary Ma
Halyan Meng ...
Lingling Zhang
Liang Qi ...
Li Jun (as Dao Qi)
Lijuan Wang ...
Ticket seller
Zhengjia Wang ...
Hong Xiao
Yuxi Wu ...
Wei Zhao
Chao Xi ...
Boat owner
Zhiqiang Xie ...
Village chief
Wei Xu ...
Yulong Li
Hua Yao ...
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Ge Zhu ...
Li Xiao
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Wu Hongyan is a young woman working as a prison guard during executions of female convicts. She feels lonely after her husband died, and she takes a night train to another city to visit a dating service. After a series of unsuccessful dates, she meets Li Jun. It quickly becomes obvious that he is hiding a secret: he is the widower of one of the female convicts of which Wu Hongyan assisted in the execution. Li Jun is torn apart by his feelings, as he is both attracted to Wu Hongyan, and having a desire for revenge for his executed wife. Written by Rene Guillot

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Bleak picture of life in a developing economy
18 August 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The story is set in a modern provincial industrial town in China. There are factories, steel furnaces, destroyed landscapes. Everywhere you see the results of exploitation of the physical environment in an attempt to escape poverty.

This element of exploitation is shaping human relationships as well. In particular rape is the recurring theme of the film. All this is seen through the eyes of an unquestioning agent of government authority, a ruthless female jailer. In her uncharacteristic and futile quest for love she takes the regular night train to a dating agency in a nearby town.

The film is shot in an understated way. Nothing seems exaggerated or hyped. I too was underwhelmed at first, but having seen it a couple of days ago I find images and scenes are still haunting me. And it was only in retrospect that I realized how desperate the ending was.

As a portrait of a society hovering just above the poverty line it has a universal appeal that easily transcends its place of origin.


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