So Long, My Son

BBFC RatingSo Long, My Son

Showing: 27 December 2019 until 28 December 2019

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So Long, My Son
Certificate12A
Year2019
GenreDrama
DirectorWang Xiaoshuai
LanguageChinese
CountryChina
Running Time3HR 5MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonMain Programme

‘Sixth Generation’ director Wang Xiaoshuai offers an absorbing family chronicle that unfolds modern Chinese history with the rich insightfulness of a novel.

Four decades of modern Chinese life are interwoven in this complex ensemble piece from Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle). Spanning the 1980s to the cosmopolitan present, it follows the interconnected fortunes of various characters around a couple, Liyun (Yong Mei) and Yaojun (Wang Jingchun), and their son Liu Xing. In the early 80s, Liyun, a factory worker, becomes pregnant for the second time, falling foul of the national policy of one-child families. Zigzagging between decades, the film shows how political reality affects the fates of the family and the people around them, from factory officials of the 1980s to the newly wealthy of the 21st century. 

A moving and deeply involving drama of personal and national destinies, this genuinely epic narrative is executed with mesmerising control. 

- Jonathan Romney, BFI London Film Festival


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