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also known as Zhifu


  • 3.7
Double lives and deceptions provide the core of Diao Yinan's DV blend of urban realism and Gogolian satire, one of the key early works of China's digital underground. A put-upon youth, busy slaving away at his family’s tailor shop and barely interested in his town's epidemic of factory closures, finds his life possibly changing when he dons an abandoned police uniform. Suddenly given respect (and money, once he starts shaking down submissive traffic violators), our new man in uniform also turns his attention to a pretty pirate-VCD clerk who is living a double life of her own as a part-time escort. Director Diao, an accomplished actor and scriptwriter, keeps the tone as casual and quiet as his hero's unassuming life, letting the film's identity-crisis conceits and background events (factory closures, blasé bureaucracy, left-behind workers) speak volumes. - Jason Sanders

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Wang Xiaojian & Zheng Shasha are both wonderful_Wang has horrible luck or maybe except for meeting Zheng he has none_but he takes a walk on the wild side & it's a cool ride_beautifully played out and beautifully shot_simple & not

Interesting but simple tale.