San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he roams the sleek, shifting city with other soulful, cash-poor dreamers and misfits.
Such heavenly losers form the vital spirit of Beijing in acclaimed director Zhang Yuan’s gorgeously gritty, angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance in the teeth of heartbreak, ruthless inequality and unfeeling ambition.
“Newly rich, ever changing Beijing is the backdrop for many movies nowadays, but this is that rare film in which it actually becomes a character.”
-Asian Cinema Plus
“The socially conscious film explores the reality behind Beijing’s economic boom through the eyes of its most marginalized citizens.”
In Mandarin with English subtitles.