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Xu’s Little Lover I

He Kunyang

Release year: 2013

Run time: 75 mins

Film type: Fiction


Jack Xu is an over-the-hill novelist living in a big city in China. He’s just had a divorce and his new novel has been put in mothballs. Jack is distraught and going through middle-age crisis. At this juncture, his ex-wife’s young cousin,Wang Zizi, a beautiful high school graduate turns up in his life. She has been adimtted to a college in the city. At first, Jack regards the cousin-in-law as a burden his ex-wife inflicts on him until she can stood on her own feet in the city. However, one thing leads to another, Wang falls under Jack’s spell as she develops a soft spot for the sore loser. On Jack’s part, though consciously unawere of it, for the first time in a long while, he finds something he can be occupied with and a little solace in his otherwise chaotic life. But in the meantime, another crisis is being bred.


Director biography

Kunyang is a published writer, playwright, and independent filmmaker. He studied computer science at Wuhan University of Science & Technology before moving to the United Stated in 2007, where he studied creative writing and filmmaking. Beginning in 2009 when he founded his PVC Movie Studio, Kunyang has written and directed several short movies named Room Series and later his feature films Xu’s Little Lover I/II (2013, 2018), Xu: A Facetious Chinese (2014), Here Comes the Groom (2019), and Before Graduation (2020). Three of his movies have been enlisted and awarded in several film festivals including the Macau International Movie Festival (2019) and Hong Kong International Youth Film Festival (2020).

As a writer, Kunyang has published a novel in English – The College of Corn (2017) by Harvard Square Editions in New York and two books in Chinese – Tackling Chinglish (2020) in Guangzhou and Independent Filmmakers’ Startup Book (2020) in Chengdu, China.