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Indie Vision
The Other Half
Director_ Ying Liang
China 2006 111min DV color/b&w feature Fiction
Review

The Other Half portrays the realities of the Chinese society through the story of Xiaofen, a staff at a law firm, and people around her. Unlike the works of Jia Zhang Ke which look deep into the realities of the Chinese society through the characters, this film objectively observes the Chinese society as it is. However, the boundary between fiction and reality blurs when Xiaofen realizes that her boyfriend is suspected for murder and sits in the client’s seat of her office and tells her story as if she was telling somebody else’s story, and when actual news footage is displayed along with the film and the characters experience a chemical factory explosion that had actually taken place in real life. In such moments, fiction and documentary narrative styles are seamlessly combined. This is indeed a very interesting way to depict ‘the other half’ of the Chinese society, and such cinematographic style is one that has not been attempted in recent Chinese films. However, this film ends by explaining that Xiaofen’s boyfriend had actually taken a fortuneteller’s advice and left home to make money, and has become successful. Unfortunately, such message of optimism, saying that ‘no matter how hard life is, there is always hope’, seems somewhat out of place in this film.

CREDIT
  • DirectorYing Liang
  • ProducerPeng Shan
  • ScreenplayYing Liang, Peng Shan
  • Art DirectorYing Liang, Peng Shan
  • SoundYing Liang, Peng Shan
  • CinematographyLi Rongsheng, Ying Liang
  • MusicKyota Ko, Zhang Xiao
CastZeng Xiofei, Deng Gang, Chen Xigui, Zhao Ke
DIRECTOR
Ying Liang
Ying Liang, Chinese independent filmmaker, was born in Shanghai. He had studied in Beijing and
Chongqing before settling down in the city of Zigong in Sichuan Province. He made his directorial debut in 1999, and since then, has made three feature films and more than a dozen shorts, including Taking Father Home (2005), The Other Half (2006), Good Cats (2008) and Condolences (2009).
Jeonju Office

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Seoul Office

(06740) 2F, Kyeongwon Bldg., 56 Bawoomoe-ro 43, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

T. (02)2285-0562 F. (02)2285-0560

Jeonju Cine Complex

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T. (063)231-3377