Writer-director Zhang Lu’s fascinating window into a rarely seen corner of rural China revolves around 12-year-old Chang-ho, living with his grandfather and mute sister along the frozen river-border with North Korea. Although fraught with unemployment and other tensions, his community seems sympathetic toward the Korean refugees fleeing famine and misery; Chang-ho even bonds over soccer with one young border-crosser who comes scavenging food for a sibling. But he soon turns on his new friend as suspicions mount against the illegal immigrants and his sister reels from unexpected aggression, provoking a quandary over his loyalties in an exquisitely detailed story of compassion and strife across an uneasy geopolitical border.
“…it’s rare to find a film the blends the talent of several different nations. But just as the real-life Dooman River bridges the gap between China and North Korea, the film revolving around the well-known landmark merges the talent of both countries to tell a story centered in one of the most dangerous immigration zones in the world.”-Asian Movie Pulse
In Korean with English subtitles.