Go For Broke

Film

Time Out says

Wang's first 'above-ground' film is one of the most engrossing docu-dramas ever made. Six Shanghainese (five men, one woman, all naturals) re-enact their real-life experiences of teaming up to run a private interior decorating company after losing jobs in state-owned factories. Their venture has its ups and downs (only a lottery win rescues it from bankruptcy), but it survives to face China's unpredictable economic future. Shooting handheld, using only first takes and jump cutting within scenes, Wang succeeds completely in capturing (a) the character of life in Shanghai, (b) the risks of being an entrepreneur in a near lawless country, and (c) the lure of shortcuts to wealth. He frames the story with brief fictional scenes showing a young couple who operate as con artists and score a lottery win, and ends with comments from the six non-actors about the experience of making the film. Amazing that he pulled this off so fluently, and amazing that the authorities let him get away with it.

Details

Release details

Duration:
87 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Wang Guangli
Screenwriter:
Zhang Xian
Cast:
Zhang Baozhong
Zhou Yuhua
Zhong Lingjun
Gu Longxiang
Zhao Yongshen
Wang Jianxin
Zhang Jiangang
Xu Meijiang