Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Johnny Ma. 2016, 80 mins. With Chen Gang. Digital projection. In Mandarin with English subtitles. In Johnny Ma’s engrossing debut, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself in a Kafkaesque nightmare. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama and becoming a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident. When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist, and the cabbie drives the victim to the hospital, checks him in…and finds himself liable for the man’s medical bills. His selfless act exposes a society rife with bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing everything, Lao Shi (in a magnificent performance by Chen Gang) has to resort to desperate measures to survive.
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