CANADA | ORIGINAL VERSION: MANDARIN | SUBTITLES: ENGLISH
Johnny Ma’s impressive feature debut takes us on an unnerving trip through China’s social strata. For taxi driver Lao Shi (Chen Gang, in an extraordinary performance), every day of work is a fight for his family’s basic economic survival. One day, swerving his car because his arm is grabbed by a drunken passenger, he accidentally hits a motorcyclist. When the ambulance takes too long to arrive, Lao drives the injured man to the hospital himself, only to discover that he’s now legally responsible for the medical bills. Plunged into a bureaucratic nightmare and faced with financial ruin, he is forced to embrace retribution as his only possible escape. Ma’s film begins as a carefully observed social-realist drama and turns into a furious, bloody noir that takes us out of the city and onto the dark roads at its outskirts. But even as Old Stone goes into full cinematic overdrive, it does so with an engine that runs on humanism and empathy.
Director: Johnny Ma
Cast: Gang Chen, Nai An, Hongwei Wang
Duration: 80 minutes
Rating: 13 +