Yin Ma Ferry (印马渡) & Wuding River (无定河)
Yin Ma Ferry 印马渡
Directed by Gong Xiangyang, 2006 (57 min.)
In central Hunan Province, on the Cheshui River is the Yin Ma Ferry. Song Zhuchu, who is over fifty, has been here ferrying people for over thirty years. Three years ago, his wife abandoned their home, leaving the ferryman and his mute, intellectually handicapped son to make their home on the boat. Though living a poor life, Song deeply enjoyed the time spent with his son, and was trying to save 1000 yuan a year to build a pair of brick houses so his son could eventually marry. However, a tragedy struck this tiny family, further isolating Song. He continued his work, left with the old songs that tell him the ferryman will marry a good lady sooner or later.
Wuding River 无定河
Directed by Li Xiaofeng & Jia Kai, 2007 (103 min.),
In northern Shaan’xi province, the poorest region in China, many tricycle drivers left their farmland to make a living in the small city. They pin all hopes on their kids, believing their lives will change when the kids enter university. In one family, four years pass and the eldest child finally graduates, only to find there’s no job waiting for her. But the family has already begun another round of battle for college competition. Instinctively, like hens, the whole family turns energy toward hatching another new hope: the younger child.
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