Piercing I is a 2010 Chinese animated film directed by Liu Jian. It won the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 4th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Piercing I is a 2010 Chinese animated film directed by Liu Jian.
It won the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 4th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Piercing I by Liu Jian movie trailer
Due to the financial crisis, many factories in China are forced to close their doors in late 2008.
Zhang Xiaojun loses his job in a shoe factory. One day, a supermarket guard beats him up, thinking Zhang is a thief. In vain, he asks the supermarket manager for financial redress. Zhang’s dearest wish is to return to his village and become a farmer. But right before his departure, the police arrest him. The supermarket manager also has his problems. On a moonlit night, the storylines converge in a teahouse near the city rampart. [wikipedia]
THE ANIMATION OF THE REAL: PIERCING I BY LIU JIAN
“Animation is often conceived of as a surrealist and fantastical mode of filmmaking. In PIERCING I, Liu Jian presents us with an alternative style, a socialist realist animation that confronts the accelerating speed of the migrating souls and shifting capital of today’s China. Piercing I is a strikingly real and present take on the urban landscapes of this fast-developing nation. The film looks into the struggle of the rural migrants’ city lives, and touches upon such notions as mobility, corruption and social inequalities. The current social and political sensibility in China cannot tolerate a film with these topics, and indeed the Chinese cultural bureau did not grant approval for the film’s commercial release.
Piercing I, which was animated digitally, takes place in the city of Nanjing, where Liu lives and works. Continuing in this autobiographical vein, Liu voices the protagonist, Zhang Xiaojun, a rural transplant who struggles with adjustment to city life and confronts urban culture, juxtaposing the intersection of high and low, rich and poor. This is the first-ever Chinese independent animated feature.” [vimeo]