Young student Bai Xuemei is cheated and sold as a “wife” by human traffickers to a remote village. Raped and beaten, she leads the life of a sex slave and child-bearer with no hope of escape because of the villagers’ apathy and selfishness.
Following our Chinese independent documentary series comes this similarly politically impassioned reckoning with human trafficking in modern China. While not an easy watch, Li Yang’s film is a necessary, nuanced expression of dissent against the powers that be, guided by a remarkably humanist lens.
I can't see this movie without remeber the classic Mizoguchi movie, Suna no onna (Woman in the Dunes, in english). The plot is similar, but the execution quite different. Unfortunately, the japanese one is better.
Sheds light on the horrible tragedy of human-trafficking in a heart-wrenching fashion as every hope of our heroine is dashed and her situation goes from bad to worse. The ending contains one of the few justices she receives. The film highlights rape, drugs, violence, and despair to give the audience insight into this awful practice.