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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...
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.
Luxury Car (Chinese: 江城夏日; pinyin: Jiāng chéng xià rì; literally: “River City Summer Days”) is a 2006 film directed by Wang Chao. The film was produced by China’s Bai Bu Ting Media and France’s Rosem Films, and in association with Arte France Cinéma.
Luxury Car premiered on May 22, 2006 at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the side competition for the Prix un certain regard.
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The film follows an old man from the countryside who goes to Wuhan to search for his missing son, who his dying wife has requested to see one last time. In Wuhan, he meets his daughter, a karaoke bar escort who introduces him to an old police officer who offers to help. It soon becomes apparent to both the father and the policeman that the mobsters running the daughter’s karaoke bar and the son’s disappearance are linked.
Luxury Car is the third film in Wang’s informal trilogy on life in modern China following The Orphan of Anyang (2001) and Day and Night (2004). The concept for the film and its focus on parents who have become disconnected from their children, came about, according to Wang, after he discovered that his mother had contracted cancer. Wang has also stated what his socially conscious intentions were behind the film:
“The gap between the rich and poor, the distance which separates people from happiness, the contradictions between the social system inherited from the past and the burdens of the present: these are problems that I myself, as a full-fledged member of the people, feel all the weight and intensity of. That’s what made me decide to shoot the picture.”
The film was shot and takes place almost entirely within the city of Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. Director Wang Chau noted that Wuhan represents to him, a “very typical Chinese city,” in particular its mix of urban and rural, modern and traditional.
The main cast in addition, were all locals from the city, including the actors playing the father, the police officer and the daughter.