She, A Chinese

Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
Novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo continues her examination of modern China via this cinematic bildungsroman, in which Li Mei (Lu Huang, pictured), who starts off never having travelled more than five miles from home, winds up in London via a series of unpleasant events. En route, she learns the many ways in which a pretty Chinese girl can be objectified – as a woman, an Oriental, a foreigner – and the general untrustworthiness of most men.

This would be depressing, except that Mei is a delight: a feisty, shrewd young woman, uneducated but intelligent and more than capable of surviving the brickbats life keeps throwing at her. We leave her still in motion, but confident that she’ll get there – wherever there may be.



Release details

Release date:
Friday February 26 2010
98 mins

Cast and crew

Xiaolu Guo
Xiaolu Guo
Wei Yibo
Huang Lu
Geoffrey Hutchings

Users say (2)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

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This is the worst movie I have seen in many years. Everything is shallow and the girl is the worst type of woman I can think of – stupid, naive, and always depend on any men available easily like a parasite. The movie is about her – just showing her cute face and having sex with men. Wasting of my money. That's a movie for Oriental/Asian fetish Western guys.

Excellent, moving film, shot beautifully with a towering performance by Lu Huang as the inspirational Mei. Particularly recommended for fans of Guo's bestselling book A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers. Catch it while you can - deserves a wider release.