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DRIFTERS

Er Di is a celebrity with a difference in his town. His fame lies in having succeeded in immigrating clandestinely to the US. After a few years in that country he is caught and repatriated.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2003 13:15 IST
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DRIFTERS
China, 2003
Director: Wang Xiaoshuai

Er Di is a celebrity with a difference in his town. His fame lies in having succeeded in immigrating clandestinely to the US. After a few years in that country he is caught and repatriated.

Back in China, he spends his time hanging around doing nothing. The only person on his mind is Xiao Nu from a travelling Shanghai opera troupe, another lonely soul like him. Something of a romance develops between them but they do not see anything meaningful in their lives.

During his years in the US, Er Di had had an affair with his boss's daughter and she had borne him a son; but the girl's parents had refused to accept Er Di. Now the little son and his grandfather return to China, and Er Di is faced with different dilemmas.

Screenplay:
Wang Xiaoshuai

Cinematography:
Wu Di

Editing:
Liao Ching-song

Music:
Wang Feng
Principal cast:
Duan Long, Shu Yan, Zhao Yiwei, Tang Yang

Production:
Purple Light Films / 35mm / colour / 120 mins

Director's bio-note:Wang Xiaoshuai is a graduate of the Beijing Film Academy and one of China's Sixth Generation directors. In 1993 he wrote and directed The Days which won critical acclaim outside the country but was blacklisted by the China Film Bureau. In 1994 his independent work, Frozen, received a Special Mention by the Jury at Rotterdam.

At the end of 1995, he entered the Beijing Film Studio to make A Vietnamese Girl, but the film did not pass the censors. His So Close to Paradise was selected for the 1999 Cannes 'Un Certain Regard', and won the FIPRESCI award at Singapore. Beijing Bicycle received the Grand Jury Prize and the Silver Bear at Berlin. Drifters was shown at the 'Un Certain Regard' in Cannes 2003.