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Perfect Life (2009)

97 min - Drama - 30 January 2009
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Perfect Life, the second feature by Emily Tang (Tang Xiaobai), at first revolves around Li Yueying, a young woman in the cold north-east of China. In a world where no one is waiting for an untrained, inexperienced woman, she knows that in order to fulfil her dreams she will have to resort to her own stubbornness and selfishness. Her father deserted her mother and the money saved by the family is destined for her younger brother's studies. When she stops working for a shop making artificial limbs in order to take a job as a chambermaid, she attracts the attention of a mysterious criminal, Mongol. Then in the editing, the documentary story of Jenny from Hong Kong starts to emerge. She thought she had her life perfectly worked out, but when her marriage breaks down, she also finds herself in financial problems and has to fight for the custody of her children.

Director:  Emily Tang

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Perfect Life, the second feature by Emily Tang (Tang Xiaobai), at first revolves around Li Yueying, a young woman in the cold north-east of China. In a world where no one is waiting for an untrained, inexperienced woman, she knows that in order to fulfil her dreams she will have to resort to her own stubbornness and selfishness. Her father deserted her mother and the money saved by the family is destined for her younger brother's studies. When she stops working for a shop making artificial limbs in order to take a job as a chambermaid, she attracts the attention of a mysterious criminal, Mongol. Then in the editing, the documentary story of Jenny from Hong Kong starts to emerge. She thought she had her life perfectly worked out, but when her marriage breaks down, she also finds herself in financial problems and has to fight for the custody of her children.


Collections: Emily Tang

Genres: Drama

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Country:   China
Language:  普通话, Cantonese
Release Date:  30 January 2009

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Xstream Pictures

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 37 min

Perfect Life (完美生活) is a 2008 Chinese-Hong Kong film by Emily Tang and produced by director Jia Zhangke (who received a co-producer credit) and his company, Xstream Pictures. The film mixes elements of dramatic fiction and documentary film.

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Release and screenings

With the backing of the established director, Jia Zhangke, Perfect Life had relatively high-profile screenings at a variety of major international film festivals. Its international premiere, for example, was during the 65th Venice Film Festival, as part of the side program, “Horizons.” Perfect Life also competed in the Asia-focused Dragons and Tigers program in the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival, a program which it won due to “the way it captures the harshness of Chinese reality through its fictional protagonist, and for the subtlety of its wonderfully free storytelling,” according to the award jury. The film also captured the “Golden Digital Prize” at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. [wikipedia]