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Title Ku qian = Bitter money / a film by Wang Bing ; Pyramide International ; Gladys Glover, House on Fire and Chinese Shadows present in coproduction with WIL Productions, Fame Culture Media Co., Ltd., Yisha Production ; director, Wang Bing ; produced by Sonia Buchman, Nicolas R. de la Mothe, Vincent Wang ; produced by Mao Hui.

Publication Info. [Brooklyn, New York] : Icarus Films Home Video, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult FOREIGN DVD  DVD FOREIGN MAN 331.7677 BIT    Check Shelf
 Rocky Hill, Cora J. Belden Library - Foreign Language  DVD 327.51 BITTER    Check Shelf
Description 1 videodisc (164 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital optical surround rda
video file DVD video region all rda
Note Widescreen.
System Details DVD; NTSC, all regions; widescreen presentation.
Note Documentary.
Credits Editors, Dominique Auvray, Wang Bing.
Note "An Icarus Films release"--Container.
"dGenerate Films"--Container.
Originally filmed between 2014 and 2016.
Wide screen.
Includes 16-page booklet with an essay by Aaron Cutler.
Running time indicated on container: 152 minutes; actual running time: 164 minutes.
Summary The people in Wang Bing's BITTER MONEY live in filthy, cramped apartments, stare at their phones for far too long, spend time on their balconies overlooking drab streets in which all the buildings look the same, and work long hours for little pay in noisy and stiflingly hot garment factories. The city of Huzhou, where the film is shot, is home to 18,000 clothing factories. They are staffed by about 300,000 workers, many of them migrants from rural areas in the surrounding provinces. BITTER MONEY follows a handful of these workers, both at work where they may labor for more than 12 hours a day and in their off-hours, as they hang around shabby dorms drinking, dreaming of home, worrying about getting paid, and trying to decide whether their jobs are worth keeping. In one telling moment, a young woman considers joining a pyramid scheme, saying "They can't scam me because I don't have any money." BITTER MONEY opens with two teenage cousins leaving for Huzhou. The packed train is a portent of things to come, with some passengers forced to sleep in the bathroom, and others involved in conversations on subjects like poisonous gases in the workplace. The factories where the cousins and other workers end up aren't like the massive, futuristic tech assembly lines whose images we've grown accustomed to. Rather, these are mom-and-pop operations in which workers are paid by the piece, and harassment is common. Wang Bing brings his signature approach to the subject, never offering an overt condemnation of a system that promises a better life to rural youth, but entraps them in a grindingly dull existence. The camera watches carefully, lingering on shots, moving from one conversation to another. More powerful than any commentary, this technique captures the contours of the characters' lives, trapped as they are in abusive relationships, oppressive jobs, and dispiriting surroundings.
Language In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Subject Textile workers -- China.
Work environment -- China.
Clothing factories -- China.
Working class -- China.
China -- Social conditions.
Textile workers. (OCoLC)fst01148958
China. (OCoLC)fst01206073
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Feature films.
Documentary films. (OCoLC)fst01710390
Added Author Wang, Bing, 1967- film director, editor of moving image work. Director. Film editor.
Buchman, Sonia, 1978- film producer. Producer.
La Mothe, Nicolas R. de, 1974- film producer. Producer.
Wang, Cong (Film producer) Producer.
Hui, Mao., film producer. Producer.
Auvray, Dominique, editor of moving image work. Film editor.
Gladys Glover Films, production company.
Pyramide International. Production company.
House on Fire (Firm) Presenter.
Chinese Shadows (Firm) Presenter.
WIL Productions. Production company.
Fame Culture Media. Production company.
Yisha Production. Production company.
dGenerate Films (Firm), contributor.
Icarus Films Home Video, publisher.
Icarus Films, film distributor.
Added Title Bitter money
Standard No. 854565002449
ISBN 9786317398351
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