Archive of films Life in Wandering / Ren

2009, 90 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2009

This raw, stylized debut offers a critical look at contemporary China. Emphasizing violence, drugs, sex, moral disenchantment, and social misery, the movie ranks as an exploitation film reflecting the precipitous changes happening in China today.


Violence, drugs, sex, moral disenchantment, and social misery – the independent film Life in Wandering is a typical contribution to exploitation cinema, or, more precisely, to the exploitative filmmaking tendencies of a country undergoing precipitous social, political, and economic changes. Similar to the Russian film Brother (Brat, 1997) by Alexey Balabanov, this Chinese debut pointedly reflects the contemporary situation of its country. It features the story of a naïve young man who arrives in the big city and is there forced by circumstances into engaging in illegal activities. Thanks to the use of a small digital camera, the filmmakers were able to set individual sequences in real environments without in any way limiting the chosen locations’ natural hustle and bustle. The sense of realism is further heightened by tremendous long shots. The film affords a sharply raw look at the flip side of China during the period of the Olympic Games.

About the director

Zhang Leitao (b. 1988, China) first came to directing in 2007 with a series of short online movies entitled Migrant Workers Act (Mingongye fengkuang). Work as a director, cameraman, and screenwriter followed on a number of shorts for Henan TV. In January 2009, in the days leading up to the celebration of the Chinese new year, the young director shot his feature directorial debut Life in Wandering.


China Star Arts Television Corporation of China Garden Road
Road intersection yield the new century, Building 309 Room Tower 2, , Zhengzhou, Henan Province
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About the film

Color, HD CAM
World premiere

Section: Another View
Director: Zhang Leitao
Screenplay: Zhang Leitao
Dir. of Photography: Zhang Leitao
Editor: Zhang Leitao
Producer: Liu Guohua
Production: China Star Arts Television Corporation of China Garden Road
Cast: Du Tingjun, Li Chunxiao, Guo Lin
Contact: China Star Arts Television Corporation of China Garden Road

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