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The Shaft (2008)

Dixia de tiankong (original title)
In a poor mining town in western China, stories of a father and his two children intertwine. The misfortunes of son and daughter alike unravel to illuminate the complicated relationships ... See full summary »

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Deyuan Luo ...
Baogen
Xuan Huang ...
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Luoqian Zheng ...
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Chen Li ...
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Xiang Zhou
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In a poor mining town in western China, stories of a father and his two children intertwine. The misfortunes of son and daughter alike unravel to illuminate the complicated relationships masked by their community's hard exterior. Presented by the Global Film Initiative.

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Well worth the view
11 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A film about the lives of Chinese miners is not likely to attract mainstream viewers, but I suspect that this is the closest glimpse into contemporary China we are likely to get. And touchingly universal. Visually, it is a series of marvelously-framed photographs and brief snatches of dialog, to which the viewer must gradually develop a narrative line. In the background -- the effects of the one-child policy, which puts a premium on marriageable females, who must sell themselves to the highest bidder; then the lure and inaccessibility of the big city (Beijing); the incapability of small-town gossip as well as the town's only employer -- the coal mines.


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