I imagine this film took honors at the Golden Horse Awards (very unusual for a mainland film) because it portrays Beijing as a place full of scammers and troublemakers. It's one of those films that I'm sure is even better than I experienced it … it's full of fast talking, street talking everyday people and con artists, and the subtitles don't keep up. My experience was almost like watching it without subtitles. A bit of a Columbo-like adventure about a cop who uses homespun ingenuity to capture a criminal, the story is fairly simple but the plot points are complex. I'm sure there is a lot of subtlety to the film that escaped me. It's also odd that this Award Winner is so low-budget indie. Definitely a worthwhile enigma of a film for folks on this board.
The unique feature of his film is the actors – they are not professional but celebrities on micro-blogs. Among micro-bloggers in the cast are publisher Zhang Lixian, folk singer Zhou Yunpeng andscreenwriter Shi Hang.
The film is based on the true story of a Beijing plainclothes policeman named Zhang Huiling,who has been working for more than 10 years in Shuangyushu, a community of HaidianDistrict, Beijing. It depicts the stories of ordinary Chinese people struggling in the metropolis.