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A loyal co-worker takes his friend home
on November 24, 2017
You will see the good side of China in this film. There are swindlers and cheats as well and you get to see the selfishness and lack of humanity that is prevalent and decried on social media within the country. Still, you see human decency and good will that helps this construction worker take his co-worker of four years back to his hometown. It does social commentary in a subtle way even though there are the picture perfect postcards of beautiful Chinese countryside as well as the ubiquitous construction sites with its construction dust that covers the ever-changing land. You see a bit of the urban versus rural divide and the director contrasts this with the host of characters that helps the main character along his journey. There are definitely some funny moments in the film. As it is allowed to be released, it is a sanitized view and it gives a more favorable impression to outsiders. It's kind of unrealistic to have so many strangers help him in a culture that is so insider/outsider structured. Maybe the director wishes it was more like this in society. It's rose-tinted view is still beautiful and offers a positive view of the people in the land. It's a bit simplistic but it doesn't need to be so complex. It's just a beautiful film.