Downtown Mall : Violet Crown B
Old Stone2016. China/Canada. 80 min.
Director: Johnny Ma Featuring: Gang Chen, Nai An, Hongwei Wang, Zebin Zhang, Xue'er Luo.
Chinese taxi driver Lao Shi is thrown into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no charitable act goes unpunished. A drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist. After the police fail to arrive, Lao Shi drives the victim to the hospital and finds himself liable for the man’s medical bills. The misfortunes that result from Shi’s selfless deeds expose a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing his cab, his job, and his family, Lao Shi has to resort to desperate measures to survive. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama and sharply transitioning into a sinister, blood-drenched noir film, director Johnny Ma’s thriller depicts the repercussions of a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive.