Archive of films Wangliang's Ideal / Wangliang de lixiang

China
2010, 119 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2011

Although butcher Wang Liang has been living with his wife Li Qiao for several months they have yet to consummate their marriage. Young Li Qiao is more interested in her university entrance exam than in having sex. A film about two ordinary people’s unfulfilled ideals set against the backdrop of China’s headlong urbanization, which promises more than it can deliver.


Synopsis

Summer 2009, a mountain village in southern China. Although a simple and honest butcher named Wang Liang has been living with his wife Li Qiao for several months, they have yet to consummate their marriage. Young Li Qiao is more interested in her university entrance exam than in sex because if she gets pregnant her dream of studying will be lost. Wang Liang can no longer bear the situation but Li Qiao is adamant. She moves to the city to try to start a new life, but her husband refuses to accept her decision.... Director and screenwriter Xiongjie Gao has shot a picture about two ordinary people’s unfulfilled ideals, a reality shared to a certain extent by numerous inhabitants of contemporary China. Told in the style of an old ballad, the story shows the hardships of living in a rapidly developing country. The headlong urbanization is a tempting opportunity for many but also a danger because the dreams it offers don’t always come to fruition.

About the director

 Xiongjie Gao is a writer and director. He teaches film and television education at university, and many exceptional writers and directors have appeared in China today thanks in part to his contribution. Xiongjie Gao himself has only recently become an independent director. Wangliang’s Ideal screened at festivals in Pusan, Hong Kong, and Beijing. The director said about his protagonists: "Li Qiao is not really indifferent, and Wang Liang not really incapable. They are paying the price for the [loss] of conscience in the process of urbanization.” He dedicated his story to "those ordinary people who [have] been struggling with the weakest voice and strongest desires. […] I hope that more people in the world can watch the film and that more attention can be paid to those who are less fortunate and more easily forgotten.”

Contacts

Beijing Sea + Original Film & TV Culture Co., Ltd
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About the film

Color, HD CAM
European premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
   
Director: Xiongjie Gao
Screenplay: Xiongjie Gao
Dir. of Photography: Jia Guo
Music: Zhaoji Tong
Editor: Fang Li
Producer: Xuemei Wang
Production: Beijing Sea+Original Film & TV Culture Co., Ltd
Cast: Ye Fang, Huihua Tang, Yibo Hu
Contact: Beijing Sea + Original Film & TV Culture Co., Ltd, Smiley Film Sales

Guests

Xiongjie Gao

Film Director

Xuemei Wang

Producer


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