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Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016)

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When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist, the driver stops to help the injured man. When no police or ambulance arrive he drives the victim to the hospital, checks him in and finds himself liable for the man's medical bills. The repercussions of Shi's selfless act expose a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing his cab, his job and his family, Lao Shi (in a magnificent performance by Chen Gang) has to resort to desperate measures to survive.

Cast

Chen Gang
as Lao Shi
An Nai
as Mao Mao
Wang Hongwei
as Captain
Zhang Zebin
as Li Jiang
Zhang Zhan
as Li Jiang
Luo Xue'er
as Xue'er

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

First-time director Johnny Ma goes for gritty realism in this mostly psychological thriller about a good Samaritan drowning in dark waters.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

[A] smeary, chilled glimpse at just how punishing the proverbial good deed can be.

December 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Lean, mean, and utterly compelling, Ma's beautifully paced and remarkably understated 80-minute thriller Old Stone is a Kafkaesque satire about the soul-crushing effects of bureaucracy.

December 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's impossible not to be impressed with what Ma accomplishes in the film's brisk 80 minutes.

December 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For all its ugly self-interest, Old Stone is also beautiful, and not just in its use of red lights in black night.

December 1, 2016 | Full Review…
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The litany of woes builds inexorably. Star Chen Gang plays the protagonist as the saddest of sad sacks, his eyes filling with hopelessness as his burdens bury him.

December 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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