As thousands of dead pigs mysteriously float down the Yangtze River, five people cross paths as they search for their place in a rapidly transforming modern China.
Candy Wang is a feisty salon owner protecting her turquoise-painted home from being sold to land developers. Her brother, a pig farmer whose pigs have befallen the same fate as the others down the river, has debts with the local gangsters that compel him to convince his sister to change her mind. And there’s his son, who pretends to be a success in the city when in actuality waits tables in a suckling pig restaurant. Can they beat the march of progress, or — with one final battle cry, while singing Teresa Teng’s 1986 hit “I Only Care About You” — will they give in?
Based on true events, Cathy Yan’s directorial debut is a dark comedy about the conflicting social norms shaping contemporary China. – KE
Yang Haoyu, Vivian Wu, Hu Yangyang, Wang Yige, David Rysdahl, Zhang Qin, Tiger Darrow, Mason Lee, Li Meng, Li Jinfei, Sun Mengchun, Zazie Beetz
Born in China and raised between Hong Kong and Washington, D.C., Cathy Yan is based in New York City. She received her MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and MFA at the Tisch Graduate Film Program. Her directorial debut, the short film Last Night, premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival. As a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing, she was one of the youngest writers in the paper’s history to pen multiple front-page stories. Yan will become the first Asian-American female to direct a Hollywood superhero movie, the forthcoming DC Comics adaptation Birds of Prey.
2018 Seattle International Film Festival
Special Jury Prize, 2018 Sundance
New Directors Prize, 2018 Seattle International Film Festival