5 user 34 critic

She, a Chinese (2009)

This is the story of Mei, a young woman on a trip from East to West after her escape from her provincial Chinese village. Beginning in Chongqing and a disastrous factory job, Mei soon heads... See full summary »


Xiaolu Guo


Xiaolu Guo
2 wins. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A mysterious Chinese peasant woman one day claims she has seen a UFO, from that day the world turns to upside down. The film is a metaphoric political satire on post-Mao era China.

Director: Xiaolu Guo
Stars: Ke Shi, Udo Kier, Mandy Zhang
36 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young location scout meets the art director of her project in a day they will keep in their memories for a while, each for their own reasons.

Director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Stars: Vajrasthira Koramit, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Nottapon Boonprakob
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The search for the body of Andres Bonifacio.

Director: Lav Diaz
Stars: Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Hazel Orencio
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young woman is kidnapped and sold to a villager in the mountains.

Director: Yang Li
Stars: Lu Huang, Youan Yang, Yuling Zhang
Captive I (2012)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Follows the hostage crisis of the Dos Palmas kidnappings in the southern Philippines, the life of the hostages whose survivors were freed after an awful year in captivity.

Director: Brillante Mendoza
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville, Marc Zanetta
Lulu (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of a sexually enticing young dancer who rises up in society through her relationships with wealthy men, but later falls into poverty and prostitution, culminating in an encounter with Jack 'the Ripper'.

Director: Walerian Borowczyk
Stars: Anne Bennent, Michele Placido, Jean-Jacques Delbo
Helle Nächte (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A father tries to rekindle his relationship with his son after years of absence and lack of communication. He takes him on a car ride across northern Norway, hoping it is not too late.

Director: Thomas Arslan
Stars: Georg Friedrich, Tristan Göbel, Marie Leuenberger
Makala (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Trials tribulation dreams and aspirations of a young farmer earning a living making and selling charcoal in Congo.

Director: Emmanuel Gras
Stars: Kabwita Kasongo, Lydie Kasongo


Credited cast:
Lu Huang ... Li Mei
Wei Yi Bo Wei Yi Bo ... 'Spikey'
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Geoffrey Hunt
Chris Ryman ... Rachid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hsinyi Liu Hsinyi Liu ... London Tour Guide
James Parry James Parry ... Medical student


This is the story of Mei, a young woman on a trip from East to West after her escape from her provincial Chinese village. Beginning in Chongqing and a disastrous factory job, Mei soon heads out for London and a marriage to an older man where her entrapment begins anew. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »


Official Sites:

Official site [France]


UK | France | Germany | China


Mandarin | English

Release Date:

4 February 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinka See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

UK Film Council,Warp X,Film4 See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An International Story of rural naivety & of moving onward & outward
19 October 2011 | by Tim KidnerSee all my reviews

I am enjoying this straightforward story, shown on Film 4, initially set in modern contemporary China, free from censorship and which portrays through the eyes of the bored, restless young woman and the life she leads needed simply to move on.

Those of us, yes, myself included, who had to move away from staid, quiet rural backwaters and just 'set-off', will feel an affinity, an earthy matter-of-fact rawness about just doing what happens to come along, whether wise, or unwise.

All film producing countries have such tales of passage and morality and this succeeds by being slightly documentary in style and paying the same emphasis to all that happens, thus neither promoting or dramatising them; whether that's the routine preparation of a duck for eating or finding a miniature British gin bottle and keeping it as a souvenir where her father is scouring out a living on a vast rubbish site.

Filmed in 2008, the snapshot of a hugely changing China may already be out of date. But, should be seen, almost for just doing that. Romantically lolling in a landscape fringed by a forest of cranes over huge skeletons of grey, unfinished buildings and then an oxen led by a farmer plods by. The girl asks to listens to her boyfriend's I-Pod on colour-matching headphones. His designer sunglasses hint so strongly to the draw of the West and how, falsely, of course, how London etc has become the exotic land of dreams, via simplistic and overemphasised stereotyped icons.

I'm not going to comment on the girl's plight or make any judgements. Yes, as I said, it is a story of that's been told a thousand times but this is fresh, with natural, sweary dialogue and situations that range from the mundane to the bizarre (but believable). It does side-step some moral issues simply to keep the story flowing and gives us a glimpse of our culture through the eyes of an emotionally bruised but determined youth.

I wasn't relishing watching this, due to the (few) not-so-favourable reviews but overall I found it unpretentious, fresh and largely interesting tale and without the oh-so obvious finger-wagging that can accompany such a rites of passage tale. There's also some suitably enigmatic soundtrack music from John Parish.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed