So Long, My Son 12A

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From the archive

This film was last shown on 19 December 2019

Moving between past and present and told in sweeping tableaux, this beautiful and deeply moving epic family saga spans the tail-end of the 20th century in China. It charts the collective damage, trauma and emotional history of the country’s one-child policy and the Cultural Revolution.

The film highlights the terrible human costs of the one-child policy and explores how the lives of individuals were caught up in the gears of a society in the throes of constant dramatic change. Part critique and part melodrama, its considerable emotional power is bolstered by award-winning performances from Wang Jingchun and Yong Mei as an ordinary couple struggling to cope with the forces affecting their lives.

A Sixth-Generation veteran, pioneering director Wang Xiaoshuai’s (Beijing Bicycle, Shanghai Dreams, In Love We Trust) magnificent, wrenching drama screened in Competition at the Berlinale this year.


3 hours 5 minutes
Jiang Du, Liya Ai


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