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One Foot Off the Ground (2006)

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Chinese filmmaker Chen Daming's ensemble comedy drama One Foot off the Ground opens with the plight a celebrated opera company, buckling under the weight of financial difficulties. When the troupe collapses for good, Daming cross-cuts between the lives of the laid-off performers, each of whom desperately attempts to pull in extra income with a "substitute job": one sells phony pure-bred dogs, another becomes implicated in questionable, underhanded business practices, a third shoots professional photographs for a living. Meanwhile, the dream of the opera company's reestablishment and reemergence lingers in all of their hearts. When a con artist turns up with the funds necessary to reestablish the ensemble, his cruel manipulation and willingness to quickly build up the hopes of everyone in the company throws the performers into a state of unbridled confusion, agony and despair.

Cast

Fan Xu
as Sumei
Li Yixiang
as Ma San
Jin Hong
as Sihai
Yao Lu
as Liu Bing
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