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PAPER AIRPLANE [Zhi fei ji]

PAPER AIRPLANE [Zhi fei ji]

  • Directed by Zhao Liang
  • Open City Documentary Festival
  • 2001 | 100mins | China | rated (15)

For this remarkable early feature, Zhao Liang embedded himself amongst a group of down-and-out young punks, living in Beijing at the tail end of the 20th Century. Outcasts and misfits, these friends travelled from across China in search of new freedoms; looking to form bands and live bohemian lifestyles. However, with the transition towards democracy underway and the old socialist support systems starting to break down, they find themselves increasingly adrift; marginalised, drug-addicted, and out of control. Paper Airplanes is a potent and visceral vision of a wayward, reckless youth struggling to find a place in a rapidly changing China.


Please note that this film contains scenes of intravenous drug use that some viewers might find distressing.


Screens with: City Scene

Zhao Liang /  China / 2005 / 23 min


In partnership with Chinese Visual Festival