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The Orphan of Anyang

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L'Orphelin d'Anyang

The Orphan of Anyang

(Anyang de yinger)

by Wang Chao



L'Orphelin d'Anyang

Director: Wang Chao

Script: Wang Chao

Cinematographer: Zhang Xi

Editing: Wang Chao, Wang Gang

Sound: Wang Yu

Artistic Director: Li Gang

Cast: Zhu Jie, Sun Guilin, Yue Sengyi

Production: Wang Chao, Fang Li, Wang Yu

Les Films du Paradoxe
BP 47
92270 Bois Colombes
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2001

35 mm, Colour, 84 min, 
OV Mandarin with French Subtitles

Directors' Fortnight - Cannes Film Festival 2001
Best Feature - Belfort Film Festival 2001

In Anyang, a medium-sized city from Chinese province Henan, Yu Dashang , a worker in his forties has no means of support, being suddenly jobless. One evening, he finds a basket with a new born baby abandoned by his mother in the middle of the street. She is Feng Yanli, a prostitute from Manchuria, and she promises whosoever would take care of her child, a monthly reward of 200 yuans. Yu Dashang meets the mother and accepts her offer. A mutual love grows between the child and the worker, but the presumed father of the child, a pimp, after discovering his leukaemia, decides to take him back.

Wang Chao made the adaptation of one of his novels. Shot without authorisation, the film denounces the taboo of unemployment and misery in a country where every person is supposed to be supported by the government; it also denounces the taboo of prostitution and of corruption.


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