LING YI BAN

V'07

LING YI BAN

OTHER HALF, THE

Ying Liang
VR China, 2007
Fiction, 111min, OmeU

LING YI BAN

Ying Liang
VR China, 2007
Fiction, 111min, OmeU

Cast: 
Zeng Xiaofei
Xiaofen
Deng Gang
Deng Gang
Zhao Ke
Zhao Ke
Chen Xigui
Mutter
Liu Huibin
Vater
Screenplay: 
Ying Liang
Peng Shan
Sound: 
Ying Liang
Peng Shan
Camera: 
Li Rongsheng
Ying Liang
Editor: 
Ying Liang
Composer: 
Zhang Xiao
Ko Kyota
Decoration: 
Ying Liang
Peng Shan

Production: 
90 Minutes Film Studio Room 201, No. 200 Tianmu Mid-Street 200071 Shanghai, China T 13 8019 490 42 yingliang2046@hotmail.com
World Sales: 
InD Blue 10/F Foo Tak Building 367 Hennessy Road Wan Chai, Hongkong T 25 727 202 indblue@indblue.com
Format: 
Video (Betacam SP)
Color

Xiaofen works as a clerk at a law firm located in a developing city in Southwestern China. Her job is to meet different female clients and document the cases. However, just like those female clients involved in their lawsuits, Xiaofen is also in trouble. She feels anxious and insecure. Her boyfriend is missing and probably involved in a homicide case. Even her mother and her female friend are having their unsettled lives.
The Other Half intersperses scenes in a law office - where a succession of complainants in domestic-dispute cases address their woes to the camera - with a story about a young woman's ill-fated relationship with a shiftless young man. An oblique, even tricky film (despite the directness of the shooting style in the scenes in the law office), The Other Half is impressive for the restraint and compassion with which the director surveys his large cast of characters and for the amount of sociological detail he accumulates about their difficulties. (Chris Fujiwara)