Subtitles: English and Chinese (traditional/simplified)
Other Information: Single Disc
Region Code: All Region (Region Free)
Of the thousands of young dreamers who arrive in Beijing Railway Station everyday hoping to realize their dreams in the capital, many will have heard the clock bell sound out the tune of Dongfanghong (The East is Red) to herald the arrival of each new hour.
But as the bell chimes its alluring siren song, one wonders how many of these people have found their place in the city that they have longed for since their childhood. This question is a predominant theme in Shi Lei's debut film Shuangxi, the story of the life, love and loss of a young photographer from whom the film takes its name.
Shuangxi leaves his hometown for Beijing and soon finds work in a photo studio, hoping that one day he will be able exhibit his own work. He lives with his girlfriend, Xiao Qian, in a rented courtyard, and apart from the humiliation of having his temporary residence permit constantly scrutinized by the police, life is good for Shuangxi, whose first joint exhibition wins praise from critics. However, events soon take a tragic turn when a gas leak asphyxiates his girlfriend and leaves Shuangxi with both physical and psychological injuries. With the persuasion of his family, he reluctantly returns to his hometown, restarting the life that he had been so eager to leave behind.
First time filmmaker Shi Lei, a graduate from the Beijing Film Academy, wrote, directed and produced the film, despite being a relatively new arrival to the industry. Unlike his prominent classmate, Wang Xiaoshuai, who made his name as an art-house film director, Shi Lei found his niche filming documentaries for the CCTV Science Channel. After fifteen years in TV, Shi decided that the time was right to return to his cinematic roots, a move that resulted in Shuangxi.
The life of a young migrant worker couple who moves into the fashionable nightclub district in Beijing is plunged into turmoil as the wife is raped by her boss at the foot massage parlor. The husband's jealousy and anger is dissipated when he decides to blackmail the rapist, but things become even more problematic when he finds out his wife is pregnant and either man might be the father. LOST IN BEIJING is a controversial assessment of human desires and greed in a China undergoing rapid economic expansion.