Directed by Huang Weikai, 2005 (93 min., English Subtitles)
The drastic economic disparity between rural and urban areas in contemporary China causes large numbers of the rural population to pour into cities. Chinese laws and regulations on the detention and repatriation of permitless “vagrants and beggars” in the cities have made these new migrants susceptible to punishment and discrimination. Originally coming from the rural Henan Province, Yang is a singer who ekes out a living by singing in the underground passages of urban business centers in the city of Guangzhou. Everyday he carries with him his temporary residency card and ID card to avoid being caught and detained by the local police. To protect his business, he has to bribe the security guards who are in charge of the underground passages where he sings. Many of Yang’s friends have been detained by the local police and sent back home, but soon after, they come back to the city and continue their “drifting life.” Already turning thirty, Yang is thinking about ending his drifting life and going back to his home village to start a married life with his first love.
黄文凯《飘》 93 minutes, 2005
Fall 2006 Chinese Documentary Film Series – Showcasing Films from REC Foundation’s REEL CHINA Biennial Film Festival
Floating Life (飘)