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Luxury Car

Asia Society Southern California presents this film as part of the monthly Asian Film Series.

November 6, 2008 12:00am

Laemmle Theatres Downtown
Mandarin with English subtitles.

A country schoolteacher reaching retirement comes to Wuhan in search of his only son. His dying wife has requested to see her boy one last time. He is met by his daughter Yanhong who works as an escort in a karaoke bar. Yanhong introduces him to a policeman who sympathizes with his plight and agrees to help him to find his son. The two quickly become friends. Yanhong also presents her father to her boyfriend, the owner of the karaoke, an older man, who drives a luxury car. However when the four of them meet for dinner one night the old policeman recognizes the boyfriend as a man he arrested over ten years ago.

The director, Wang Chao was born in Nanjing, China in 1964. In 1994, he received his university diploma from the Beijing Film Academy. After graduating, he worked for 5 years as a factory worker, writing poems in his spare time. From 1995 to 1998, he was the assistant to Chen Kaige, the director of Farewell My Concubine (1993) and The Emperor and the Assassin (1998). He has also been a cinema critic, specializing in foreign films. His previous feature films include The Orphan of Anyang (2001) and Night and Day (2004). Luxury Car is his third feature film.