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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