Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
The romantic rivalry in this often violent Chinese melodrama is a thinly veiled metaphorical commentary on the sad condition of Shanghai's youth, a wounded generation moving aimlessly towards a bleak future. Though made in 1994, it was not released until the end of the following year. A Xi has just been released from prison and goes looking for his former lover Li Xin, whom he has not seen since he was sentenced to nine years after killing a fellow teen. Unfortunately, Li Xin has fallen in love with La La. Both young men begin competing for her love. That rivalry becomes increasingly tense as the story progresses.
Generation-X, rival, competition, disillusionment, homecoming, love, love-triangle, prison, romance, slice-of-life