Fiction

ZHA LAI NUO ER

JALAINUR
Zhao Ye
VR, China 2008
92min
V'09

In a claustrophobic locomotive engine resembling a 19th century museum piece, two train engineers, old Zhu and his apprentice Zhizhong, sneak a chicken foot, garlic and beer snack, enveloped in dense, nearly opaque clouds of steam. Zhu, nearing retirement, runs a train hauling coal in a giant state owned open pit mine in the utterly remote border town of Jalainur, Inner Mongolia. The setting is pure collective Chinese socialist enterprise, one of the remaining islands of pre-capitalist industry in the country. Imminent obsolescence hangs over these men and their work, though young Zhizhong, riding coal trains like a proud horseman, signal flag in hand, seems blindly dedicated to both his work and Master Zhu. When Zhu retires and heads home to visit his daughter, something in Zhizhong forces him relentlessly to pursue his former partner, against the elder man's will.

Credits
  • Zhao Ye
  • Chen Ting
  • Zhang Yi
  • Zhao Ye
  • Lin Chao Yang
  • Chenhou Quan
  • Gong Ping
Tianlinfilm Productions

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