Ling yi ban (The Other Half) (2006)
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Director: Liang Ying
Subtitles: English (.srt file)
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.77:1
File: Dvdrip Xvid Avi - 720x416 - 25fps - 700mb
Working as a secretary for a legal office, Xiaofen records clients detailing the sordid aspects of their lives: divorce cases, medical malpractice suits, financial corruption and old-fashioned personal revenge. Xiaofen starts to question her own relationship with her boyfriend (Deng Gang), fresh out of prison and looking to get into trouble again with his gambling habit. While Xiaofen deals with the overwhelming social malaise surrounding her, rumors spread of a disaster at the local chemical plant, threatening to poison the entire city.
This film is a simple and direct portrayal of the lives of urban Chinese women in the interior of China - here Sichuan province. It is a world of quiet desperation as they struggle to survive and find meaning in a world filled with unreliable men, irresponsible employers and indifferent government. The gritty portrayal of Zigong City is particularly memorable. It shows a life with although far from wealthy is neither necessarily poor so much as uncomfortable and inconvenient and almost, but not quite, hopeless. Even though it does not have a strong plot line it is nevertheless completely involving.
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