Lai xiao zi (Walking on the Wild Side)
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Lai xiao zi (Walking on the Wild Side)
The realism of Chinese helmer Han Jie's juvenile delinquency drama Walking on the Wild Side (AKA Lai Xiao Zi, 2006) brings it closer to a consciousness-raising social document than to a standard western narrative. At once barren, stark, and unremittingly grim, the picture relays the story of several youth whose lives are lost at the outset, and sink ever deeper over the course of the film. At its center is Xiping (Bai Paijiang), a wayward adolescent who whittles away his time with two losers: Erbao (Hou Jing) and Liu Liu (Guo Qiang). They inhabit a lugubrious, wintry world of leafless… More