synopsis
Faced with diminishing returns on his harvest, a poor young farmer in Myanmar pawns his cow for a moped and seeks alternative income as a taxi driver. Among his first fares is a woman who has returned home for her grandfather’s funeral and is making a new start after escaping an arranged marriage in China. Together, they are lured into one of the few lucrative business opportunities available in the area: selling “ice poison” (crystal meth) around town.

With three feature films under his belt, Burmese-Taiwanese director, Midi Z, has developed a naturalistic cinematic language that allows a documentary-like intimacy with his characters. In his latest work, he has crafted a measured drama that balances the daily hardships faced by many in Myanmar with moments of joy shared by his characters—from the glowing neon lights of a karaoke bar to the freedom of the open road, and the tainted promise of the drug that allows for a fleeting escape but threatens to continue their cycle of poverty.

-Ian Hollander
Faced with diminishing returns on his harvest, a poor young farmer in Myanmar pawns his cow for a moped and seeks alternative income as a taxi driver. Among his first fares is a woman who has returned home for her grandfather’s funeral and is making a new start after escaping an arranged marriage in China. Together, they are lured into one of the few lucrative business opportunities available in the area: selling “ice poison” (crystal meth) around town.

With three feature films under his belt, Burmese-Taiwanese director, Midi Z, has developed a naturalistic cinematic language that allows a documentary-like intimacy with his characters. In his latest work, he has crafted a measured drama that balances the daily hardships faced by many in Myanmar with moments of joy shared by his characters—from the glowing neon lights of a karaoke bar to the freedom of the open road, and the tainted promise of the drug that allows for a fleeting escape but threatens to continue their cycle of poverty.

-Ian Hollander
film information

Year: 2014

Length: 95

Year: 2014

Directed by: Midi Z

Language: Burmese, Chinese

Country: #

Premiere: North American

cast & credits

Director: Midi Z

Director: Midi Z

Screenwriter: Midi Z

Producer: Midi Z, Patrick Mao Huang

Editor: Lin Sheng-Wen, Midi Z

Associate Producer: Law Bing-Chi, Lee Li-Fong, Li Ming, Qin Yu, Tan Chui Mui

Cinematographer: Fan Sheng-Siang

Executive Producer: Patrick Mao Huang

Location Sound/Sound Designer: Chou Cheng

Art Director: Zhao Zhi-Tang

Cast: Wu Ke-Xi, Wang Shin-Hong, Zhou Cai Chang, Yang Shu Lan, Li Shang Da