Wang Han, 11 year old boy in the province of Ghizhou is confronted with a runaway murderer. Hiding in the woods, the wounded man takes Wang Han drying shirt and persuades him to help him out. Frightened and fascinated at once, Wang Han and his friends accept to keep it secret from the police. Strange things are happening at school and the police is everywhere. –Films Distribution
Wang Xiaoshuai (simplified Chinese: 王小帅; traditional Chinese: 王小帥; pinyin: Wáng Xiăoshuài; born May 22, 1966 in Shanghai) is a Chinese film director, screenwriter and occasional actor. He is commonly grouped under the loose association of filmmakers known as the Sixth Generation of the Cinema of China.
Many of Wang’s works are known for their sensitive portrayal of teens and youths, most notable in films such as Beijing Bicycle, So Close to Paradise, Drifters, and Shanghai Dreams. His 2008 film In Love We Trust was an exception as it portrays marital strains.
He also served as a member of the jury of the BigScreen Italia Film Festival 2006, held in Kunming, Yunnan, China. —Wikipedia
I'm being generous and giving this four stars because it exceeded my expectations, but it feels overlong... But there's plenty of quality at work.
Oddly unsettling, coming-of-age tale taking place just before Mao's death during the 'third front movement' in rural China which saw large factories and their workers pulled apart and relocated from the cities to the countryside. Beautifully shot it posits the innocence of youth against the complications of the adult world whilst subtly highlighting the propaganda and hardships of life under communist rule. 3 stars