The Birthday

  • 2007
  • China
  • 1h 31min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ning Jingwu
  • Cast: Lei Laosheng, He Caifei, Ge Zhijun

A family gather to celebrate their father's birthday but the celebration is clouded by the fact that the home is due to be knocked down to make way for a new industrial zone. Exhibiting a varied array of reactions and opinions, Jingwu's film neatly illustrates the current polarisation between a younger generation with Westernised ideals and a firm foothold on the new China, and an older generation whose traditional values are falling victim to the rapid changes.

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