"Luxury Car" is a great perspective on people in China today. It is a drama that looks at how easy it is to lose contact with one's children in a country where values are changing and people strive for wealth, power and influence. It shows how far one may go in order to own a luxury car. A country schoolteacher, Quiming, who is close to retirement, comes to the town of Wuhan to search for his only son. His wife is dying and wants to see their son for the last time. The teacher is met by Yanhong, his daughter who works in a karaoke bar and she introduces him to a policeman who agrees to help him find his son. Yanhong introduces her father to her boyfriend who is older and drives a luxury car and the four of them meet for dinner one night. The policeman realizes that Yanhong's boyfriend is a man he had arrested years before. The father begins to realize the dangers of city life. We get a good look at Chinese culture and see how people deal with the contrast between the old China and the new. Quiming learns that his daughter is a prostitute and her boyfriend is her pimp. Quiming's son is dead and it appears that Yanhong's boyfriend had something to do with that. This is a tightly written and well balanced drama that is photographed beautifully and acted superbly. Part of First Run Features' Global Lens series, it is a powerful look at the dark side of China. The film seduces the viewer into a multi-layered story that reaches a destination that is not easy to forget.
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities. I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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