Lynn is a 20-year-old college student who finds herself isolated in a family scandal at the heart of a medical clinic when a father loses his premature child and accuses Lynn's family of negligence and calls in the local mob for compensation.
Lynn, a young woman in her twenties, was on a path to upward mobility, having been advised to take English classes and attend flight attendant school, while also cultivating a go-getter attitude. She persevered on this journey until she discovered that she was pregnant. Faced with a difficult decision and running out of time, she confided in her boyfriend that she had an abortion. However, instead of continuing on her original path, she returned to her estranged parents and their struggling clinic, hoping to figure out what her next steps should be.
The film STONEWALLING draws on interviews with college women who prioritize self-investment, observations of contemporary China after the rise of TikTok, and the directors’ own life experiences. Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka, a husband-and-wife team, explore the new realities of China’s gig economy, gray markets, MLMs (multi-level marketing schemes), and hustling through the story of a regular young woman.
Yao Honggui, the protagonist of STONEWALLING, is now an adult and facing the challenges of modern-day urban China. She grapples with the pressures to succeed in a rapidly changing economic landscape, while also navigating complex relationships with her family, friends, and romantic partners. Through Yao’s experiences, the film offers a perceptive and intricately detailed look at the norms and values that define contemporary China.