"Never mind" Independent Film Screening VOL.12: Floating
Director: Huang Weikai
Release date: 2005
In Cantonese with Chinese and Chinese subtitles
The current china’s economic disparity between rural areas and urban areas is so great that a large amount of rural population is flowing into urban areas; however, the Chinese government’s “Regulation on the Detention and Repatriation of Vagrants and Beggars in Cities” introduced since 1980s has made these migrant people the target of punishment and discrimination.
Yang is vagrant singer from Henan rural area; he earns his life by singing in the subways of urban business centers. Everyday he brought with him his temporary residency card and identification card to avoid being caught and detained by local police. In order to keep his work, he has to bribe the security guards whom take charge of the subways, deals circuitously with Urban Management guys, and squeezes other street artist out. From time to time, many of his friends who live just like him are detained by local police and repatriated back home, but soon after that they come back to the city and continue their drifting life. Yang, in this year of his thirty years old, has realized the break of his star dream. He has thought about to end his floating life, go back hometown and marry his first lover, but the imbroglio in his hear about old and new lovers has made his life even more chaotic. Finally, he was caught by local police when he is singing, detained, and finally send back home.