No.89 Shimen Road
Amidst an influx of new cultures and ideas entering late 1980s China, 16 year old Xiaoli comes of age in Shanghai, surrounded by his neighbours, his grandfather and his two female friends. The changing patterns of everyday life take their toll on Xiaoli’s friendships; his best friend Lanmi scandalises the neighbourhood by cavorting with foreigners, while Lili, his idealistic classmate and secret love, wants to quit school and join the students’ democracy demonstrations that have started in Beijing. In a world suddenly robbed of stability and innocence,Xiaoli must decide where his future lies.
The best Asian Cinema Award at Warsaw International Film Festival
Grand Prix of China Independent Film Festival
Special Jury mention of Bangalore International Film Festival
TheHubert Bals Fund script award at Rotterdam International Film Festival
Official Selection at Pusan International Film Festival
Official Competition at Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
Official Competition at Marrakech International Film Festival
Shu Haolun obtained an MFA in filmmaking from Southern Illinois University, USA. Since returning to Shanghai in 2003, he has produced, written, and directed award-winning documentaries and shorts, including Struggle (2002), Nostalgia (2006), and Young Blood (2008). Currently, he also teaches in Shanghai University’s Film School. No.89 ShimenRoad is his first fictional feature.