Hometown Boy

  |  Book Tickets: 08/06/2012
  |  72 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
Hometown Boy Film Poster


It's been more than 30 years since Liu Xiaodong spent any significant amount of time in his hometown of Jincheng. Perhaps it's the crossbred symptom of travel weariness and mid-life reflection that has led the celebrated artist back to his parents' living room; whatever the cause, he has found the perfect spot from which to paint. Following Liu on a quest to re-paint the people who first posed for his art school portfolio, the film captures a master at work gently observing and composing his subjects. And likewise, the film bears the still, contemplative mark of another master, Hou Hsiao-hsien (whose protégé Yao Hongyi is the film's director). One by one we encounter the painter's childhood friends - a fantastic crew of rapscallions he calls the "forgotten working class" - through whom a greater story about modern China unfolds.