Release year: 2003
Run time: 39 mins
Film type: Geng Jun
This is a film full of black humour. The story takes place in Hegang, a small town in the northeast. The boundaries of city-life have disappeared. Although there are still office workers who follow the rules, there’s also a large group of young people who exist outside the system. They live in internet cafes. They are troubled by lack of money, unreliable feelings, and venereal diseases, and they entertain themselves.
Born in Heilongjiang Province in 1976, Geng Jun has directed and written many films. These include: Hawthorn (2002); Diary in Bulk (2003); Barbecue (2004 Festival of Three Continents, 2005 International Film Festival Rotterdam); Youth (2009 Rome International Film Festival); and The Hammer And Sickle Are Sleeping (2013 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Best Short Film winner). He also directed Poetry And Disease (2011). In 2017 his film Free and Easy was screened at Sundance, where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Cinematic Vision.