HAO MAO

V' 08

HAO MAO

GOOD CATS

Ying Liang
VR China, 2008
Fiction, 103min, OmeU

HAO MAO

Ying Liang
VR China, 2008
Fiction, 103min, OmeU

Cast: 
Luo Liang
Luo Ling
Peng Deming
Peng
Liu Xiaopei
Liu Xiaopei
Chen Xigui
Mutter
Lamb's Funeral
Screenplay: 
Ying Liang
Peng Shan
Sound: 
Ying Liang
Wang Long
Camera: 
Li Rongsheng
Ying Liang
Editor: 
Ying Liang
Composer: 
Lamb Funeral
Decoration: 
Ying Liang
Peng Shan

Production: 
90 Minutes Film Studio Room 201, No. 200 Tianmu Mid-Street 200071 Shanghai, China T 21 6324 1821 yingliang2046@hotmail.com
World Sales: 
Tianlin Limited Room 2803, Wing on House 71 Des Veous Road Central, Hongkong T 108 046 2805 cuiricks01@yahoo.com
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color and Black/White

Again using a well-chosen non-pro cast, Ying Liang follows Taking Father Home and The Other Half with a third movie set in Zigong City in Sichuan, this time focused on a young guy who drives, fixes and collects debts for a dubious property developer. Luo Liang's marriage is in trouble. His wife is a nurse, and both she and her snobbish parents think she could have chosen a better husband than Luo, who won't give up smoking and drinking, never gets around to home improvements and is chronically unambitious. (...) Ying chronicles his anti-hero's downward spiral with his usual economy - and his usual sophisticated play with framing and off-screen space. And he underpins the jet-black social satire by using the Chinese Goth band Lamb's Funeral in a very surprising way. The sly title refers to Deng Xiaoping's famous call for pragmatism: «It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white as long as it catches mice.» (Tony Rayns)