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Little Moth (2007)

Xue chan (original title)
A couple purchases an eleven-year old girl who cannot walk, with the intention of using her to earn money through begging.


Tao Peng


Tianguang Bai (novel), Tao Peng
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Yuanbing Gao Yuanbing Gao
Dequn Han Dequn Han ... Guihua
Qifa Hong Qifa Hong ... Luo
Zelin Xu Zelin Xu ... Yang
Xiaorong Zeng Xiaorong Zeng ... Zhong
Lei Zhang Lei Zhang
Huihui Zhao Huihui Zhao ... Xiao Ezi


A couple purchases an eleven-year old girl who cannot walk, with the intention of using her to earn money through begging.

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Official Sites:

Zootrope Films [France]





Release Date:

6 August 2008 (France) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When an impoverished country couple adopts a crippled young girl and puts her to work begging on city streets, a battle soon ensues over her fate.
12 March 2010 | by dGenerateFilmsSee all my reviews

Luo Jiang and Guihua, a poor, middle-aged couple with few prospects, decide to buy an 11- year-old girl, Xiao Ezi (aka "Little Moth"), for $140 in rural China. Xiao Ezi's life is in peril, as she is forced to earn money for her new parents as a beggar while suffering from a blood disease that leaves her unable to walk. Her greedy adoptive father, Luo Jiang, refuses to buy her medicine, while Guihua's growing maternal affection wracks her with guilt. After a run-in with local extortionists, the three flee into the territory of the unsavory Mr. Yang, whose one-armed boy Xiao Chun is also forced to beg. Inevitably the grownups take turns taking advantage of each other, giving the children a rare opportunity to develop a protective bond with one another.

With virtually no budget, a hand-held digital camera and a cast of non-professionals, Peng Tao turns the sordid street life of small town China into a chain-reaction tale of human cruelty and unforgettable suspense. LITTLE MOTH "melds the anger and storytelling scope of Dickens, the doc-influenced immediacy and sensitive gaze of the Dardenne brothers, and the best tendencies of recent Chinese cinema." (Robert Koehler, Variety).

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