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Directed by Johnny Ma

China, Canada 2016 80 mins. In Mandarin

Chinese taxi driver Lao Shi is thrown into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no charitable act goes unpunished. When a drunken passenger causes him to hit a motorcyclist, he stops to help the injured man. But in taking the victim to the hospital, he finds himself on the hook for the man’s medical bills. Faced with the possibility of losing everything for his selfless act, he is driven to desperate measures. Beginning as a gritty socialrealist drama before morphing into a noir psychological thriller, Ma’s debut feature examines a society where life is cheap and compassion can cost you all. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Reviews: Film Comment, Variety, RogerEbert.com, The New York TImes

Interview: Interview with Johnny Ma at No Film School

First feature