Director：Zheng Lu Xinyuan
College student Muzi returns to her hometown, Hangzhou, for Chinese New Year. Her divorced parents have both set out on their own paths—one built a new family and gave birth to Muzi’s half-sister, Niu, and the other spends time with her Japanese boyfriend like a teenage girl in love.
One day, Muzi takes Niu to school and meets Saking, the father of Niu’s classmate.
Saking reminds Muzi of an old friend, waking up memories of an undefinable relationship with whom that makes Muzi realize that his presence is still very much alive. At the same time, Muzi’s boyfriend arrives in Hangzhou for a visit. Roaming in this city that used to feel like home but is undergoing changes at every moment, Muzi suddenly finds herself lost in her search for a place where she belongs.
Meanwhile, the new year approaches, as if nothing has happened.
Director : ZHAI Yixiang
JIA Shiming is a photojournalist preparing for his own photo exhibition on the space of metropolis. He always gets on his nerve without reason that he even has conflict with people on the street.
As he has a different point of view on the reality of the news with his superior, he always takes some work out to escape from the daily anxiety. One day he goes to the mountain area of Yunnan province to follow a news of a child sexual abuse case. It turns out to be rather enigmatic in a small misting village. The victim, a 14 years old girl claims that the suspect to be her teacher of physics in middle school. The enraged father, tries to find out the truth while the village committee feels humiliated and wants to solve the case in private. Days passing by, the girl’s belly is getting bigger. Local hooligans begin to wander around their house. In the meantime, this case spread national wide, and the committee tries all means to charm and bully the father, they want the girl to get an abortion before things get worse.
A classmate unconsciously mentions her own experience of assaulting by the teacher. Outraged, the father forces his daughter to give birth to the baby to do a DNA test. However, the test proves that the baby is irrelevant to the teacher.
Under the pressure of scandal, the family has to move away. JIA Shiming reports to his superior his will to find out the truth, his superior refuses in explaining that people just pay attention to hot news. He is right, the public is no more interested in the case.
A charity transfers the girl to a mission school in a tall building in Shenzhen. In a spacious and bright room at the school, JIA Shiming asks the girl who sits by a large window if she wants to go back to her hometown, she stays silent for a longtime. In between, JIA Shiming takes a photo of the girl staring at the skyscrapers, a desert of concerts through the window.
Director : QIN Yuke
This screenplay is adapted from two stories.
The first story is based on China’s largest criminal case in the last decade, when a Chinese fishing crew oppressed by exploitation and inhumane treatment in Peru, tries to return home by hijacking the ship. Rumor of a monster aboard the ship spreads among the crew members. To gain power, get rid of dissidents, and try to reach “Little Rat Island”, a ghost isle hidden somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, REN Fei orchestrates a blood bath by murdering the management and former allies from the XinJiang gang. In despair, REN’s erstwhile collaborator TIAN Yuxing destroys the ship’s valves and causes it to sink.
The second story is based on TAO Yuan-Ming’s classic utopian ode, The Peach Blossom Spring (421 AD). TIAN stumbles upon the isolated Peach Blossom Spring, and is told that 150 years ago, Chinese coolies sold to Peru resisted their enslavement and abuse by killing their captain and hijacking the ship. To escape from being hunted by the Qing dynasty, the coolies hid themselves in Peach Blossom Spring. There are also rumors of a monster in Peach Blossom Spring. TIAN realizes that Peach Blossom Spring is a Dark Utopian. TIAN leaves, then tries to return with his resurrected mother. But Peach Blossom Spring has disappeared, just like REN Fei’s untraceable Little Rat Island.
Director : GENG Jun
XU Gang is a truck driver living in a small town in northeastern China. His wife Dongmei is pregnant and awaits childbirth at home. XU Gang’s friend Xiaowei deeply loves him and keeps dating with him even though she knows he is married. XU Gang’s classmate ZHANG Xixi is a recovering psychotic poet. To improve his condition, ZHANG Xixi sells collection of his poems on the street.
Considering that his wife is going to give birth, XU Gang placed his black dog in a factory bungalow owned by his friend’s company. The owner of the factory bungalow, Manager MA, is a construction project manager. In order to collect business debt, Manager MA killed the dog to treat a collection agency. However, the collection agency does not dare to take the job. Manager MA decides to collect the debt by himself but got beaten cruelly.
XU Gang goes to revenge for his dog with rage as soon as he heard the dog’s death; but when he sees bruised Manager MA weeping alone in the corner, he could not do anything.
When Dongmei heard the black dog’s death, she shouts at XU Gang and asks him to revenge and claim for compensation. The second time XU Gang sees Manager MA, Manager MA was making homemade explosives. Accidentally, he injures his eye. He swears to die with the persons who humiliated him. XU Gang stays and tries to persuade Manager MA to give up. However, XU Gang and Manager MA are sieged by Manager MA’s relatives who demand the payment of debts. Manager MA is put into a status of desperation. In the desperation of hide-and-seek, XU Gang and Manager MA seem to establish a sort of friendship.
Dongmei has perceived XU’s affair with Xiaowei and tries to find out evidence. XU Gang, Dongmei and Xiaowei encounter unexpectedly. XU performs an absurd dance on the point of a knife.
In the end, XU Gang, Manager MA and poet ZHANG Xixi go to find the debtor for justice together.
Director: Tony WANG
In a sudden storm day, the police station in a small and quite town turns into a turmoil over a murder case involving a private nurse. The nurse confesses her crime but her confession is completely contradictory to the result of investigation. Abnormally, the victim’s family refuses to cooperate with the police and swears on the nurse. An old veteran officer MA firmly believes that the truth has been buried and decides to investigate secretly. In investigation, he finds that the case is beyond his estimate. The investigation goes to the dead end as a result of nurse’s sudden denial of her confession, the hostility from the victim’s family, and the interference of the priest. MA decides to exhume the victim’s grave illegally but unexpected thing happens. In the stormy night, the cremains and the truth get washed away by the heavy rain. In the job market, MA Taixiang runs into the nurse who has been set free. MA beats her up wildly and drives her away to the coach station because he hates this woman who is in desperation. In the hospital, MA looks at his terminally sick mum who has been suffering pain. For his mum, to live is no better than to die. MA makes a tough choice. With his trembling hands, MA frees his mum from pain. It has nothing to do with right or wrong.
Director : Qiu Jiongjiong
Through the story of Mr. Zhang Xianchi, the film recounts China’s history from 1930s to 1950s in the form of theatrical fiction and documentary autobiography. Born in a Nationalist Party(KMT) family in the 1930s, Zhang was a progressive young “leftist” and a Communist Party supporter. But after the founding of Republic of China in 1949, Zhang was mistaken to be a counter-revolutionary “rightist” – a public enemy – and sent to jail in 1957.
Director : Geng Jun
A crook came to a gloomy and snowbound town in northeast China. The crook incapacitated the local people with special soap and took away their belongings. A man was looking for his mother by knowing people through religion. Two police officers set out to solve a case without any clue. A fake monk worked on the issue of solidarity through common pursuit. A forest ranger chased a tree thief. In this background, a murder took place. Free and Easy is a farce in which crime is the new normal.
Director : Bi Gan
In a mysterious subtropical town in Guizhou province, there is a small foggy clinic. In the Kaili clinic, two doctors were living quiet and lonely lives there. One doctor Chen Sheng set off to search his nephew who had been abandoned by Chen’s brother. On the way to Zhenyuan, Chen Sheng went to a place called Dang Mai, where time seemed not to flow both sequentially. The life of the local people was completely a mystery. He experienced the life in past and the future, leading him to rethink his own life. Once Chen arrived in Zhen Yuan, rather than approaching to his nephew, he watched secretly from a distance. He was surprised that his nephew flourished in the absence of his father, and decided not to interfere in his life. Before he left Kaili, he had promised his colleague that he would deliver some items to the colleague’s former lover, but upon his arrival, he was told that the man had passed away. He left the box of mementos
Director : Wang Xuebo
The story took place in a remote village in the drought area, Xihaigu in Ningxia province. An old Muslim woman passed away. Her husband and son decided to sacrifice their bull, the one with them for almost 10 years, to the old woman. In the following days, they took good care of the bull. Three days before the sacrifice ceremony, the bull saw the sword which would be used to butcher him, in the water while he was drinking. The bull began to keep a fast without eating and drinking anything, in order to keep a clean body before sacrificing his life. Afterwards, the old Muslim women’s husband fell in deep thought on life and death.
Director : Gao Zipeng
In Shanghai, there is a group of ‘Xinjiangese’. They are hundreds of thousands of ‘Shanghai Youths’ who were sent far to Xinjiang for work in the Rusticated Youth Movement in China in the 1960s. Since the 1980s, the majority of them have returned to Shanghai, but profound changes have taken place over the last few decades in their relationship with the city that they called hometown. For the decades, the ‘Shanghai Youth’ has been petitioning for their suffering and right after returning to Shanghai. During the petition, they have been rethinking their identity and the relationship between their generation and the country.