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Street Life

Zhao Dayong

Release year: 2006

Run time: 110 mins

Film type: Documentary


They come from all over the country, without real names or genuine social connections; they use the names of their hometowns to identify themselves. They make a living by scavenging, stealing, begging, and singing. This group of people wanders on the edge of society, gathering at various intersections of Nanjing Road in Shanghai. Hie Pi borrowed a few hundred yuan with a friend to start a bottle collection and sales business. One day, his partner ran away with all the money earned from collecting bottles. Since then, burdened with debt and unable to repay, he turned to alcohol to drown his sorrows. After causing trouble under the influence of alcohol, he was detained.


Director biography

Zhao Dayong currently resides in New York. In his early years, he was involved in painting and later transitioned to become an advertising director in the late 1990s. In 2004, he started his independent film journey, directing both documentaries and fictions. In 2007, he released his first documentary, "Street Life," followed by the documentary "Glost Town" in 2008, and "My Father's House" in 2010. In the same year, he directed the narrative film "High Life," an experimental short film titled "Rough Poetry," and the 2014 fiction "Shadow Days." In 2018, he directed "One Says No." His works have been selected multiple times for international film festivals and have received international acclaim.

Director's statement

I cannot avoid the profound emotional impact that reality has brought to me. In the end, I choose to interpret this period with a strong subjective consciousness, to examine our shared living space.