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So Close to Paradise
A Film by Wang Xiaoshuai

90 minutes, fiction, color, Mandarin w/ English subtitles, 1998

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From one of China's most talented and controversial young filmmakers comes this striking noir gangster which was banned for 3 years by the Chinese government.

Reminiscent of Hollywood's classic B movies from the 1940's and 50's, the film tells the story of two country boys, Gao Ping and Dong Zi, who move to the big city to carve out new lives for themselves. While Dong Zi is content with his menial job hauling boxes around the docks, Gao Ping quickly enters a maze of gangsters, crime, and underworld alliances. When Gao Ping kidnaps and then falls in love with Ruan Hong, a beautiful, seductive nightclub singer, his fate is sealed.

WINNER! Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 1999


"The brutal melancholy of a classic Hollywood tough-guy B-picture… striking and genuine!" - The New York Times

"Strong acting, no-nonsense filmmaking!" - Christian Science Monitor

"Terrific performances [with] a moving emotional payoff. The visual style is sometimes brilliant-it resembles that of Wong Kar-wai's films." - IndieRag

Disc Features

●  Director Interview
●  Director Biography

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