Tuesday 11 Feb January, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull
Xiaoshuai Wang | 2019 | China | Cert 12A | 185 min | Mandarin with English subtitles
Tickets can be purchased in advance exclusively via HULL BOX OFFICE
Vue Cinema is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack? Doors to the screening room usually open around twenty minutes before the performance starts.
7:30pm: Programme starts
10:45pm: Programme ends
The programme runtime includes an allowance for introductions and trailers. This may vary and in some cases, the film will begin immediately after a short introduction.
SO LONG MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident, their paths separate. Yaojun and Liyun leave their home and plunge into the big city, although nobody knows them there and they cannot even understand the local dialect. Their adopted son Liu Xing does not offer them the comfort they had hoped for either. Defiantly rejecting his ‘foreign’ parents, he one day disappears altogether.
Destinies ebb and flow, and fortunes are transformed under the impact of a country’s changing face. Yet even as their lives diverge, a common search for truth and reconciliation around the tragedy remains.
In this family saga spanning three decades of Chinese history, the private and the political merge and the individual gets caught up in the gears of a society in the throes of constant change. Part melodrama, part critique of the times, this film takes us from China’s 1980s upheavals to the prospering turbo-capitalism of the present day. Intimate in focus yet epic in size and scope, SO LONG, MY SON sets a heartbreaking saga of family tragedy against the changing face of modern China.
Starring Jinchung Wang, Mei Yong
Awards and reviews
Winner, Best Actor, Best Actress – Berlin International Film Festival
Winner, 3 Golden Rooster (China Film Association) Awards
Nominated for 6 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
“A piercingly, profoundly moving picture that peels and exposes the senses.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
SO LONG, MY SON is rated 12A. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).