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HORRORTHON: Dead Meat

Director: Xu Jinglei

2002. English subtitles. Colour. Dolby digital stereo. 96 mins.


This urbane and subtle study of a father-daughter relationship is the ?rst feature to be directed by the well-known actress Xu Jinglei, who has come to represent a new image for women in Chinese cinema. My Father and I provides an affecting portrait of a daughter and her wastrel dad adjusting to life with each other after her mother’s death. Yu Jing (Xu) is a quietly determined young woman who knows her own mind and Yu Da (Ye Daying) is a hopeless but genuinely devoted father who keeps trying to reform himself. In a series of beautifully observed scenes that are frank, warm and funny, the two establish a relationship of equals before events conspire to separate them once more. With its solid script and superb performances, this is a small gem of intimate observation and great wisdom.

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