Synopsis by Mark Deming
Two Chinese expatiates living in California find their paths keep crossing, for good or ill, in the comedy Bu Jian Bu San/Be There Or Be Square. Li Quig (Xu Fan) is staying is Los Angeles and housesitting for a friend when a group of aspiring filmmakers, including Liu Yuan (Ge You), accidentally destroy the place. Liu lets her stay at his place, glamourously located in a trailer park, but they don't get along very well and he's hardly upset when she leaves, supposedly to return to Beijing. However, she never gets out of L.A., and over the next two years Li and Liu find they can't seem to avoid each other. In time enmity grows into a grudging friendship, but will a romance ever bloom for this mis-matched pair? Bu Jian Bu San/Be There Or Be Square reunites the stars (Xu Fan and Ge You) and director (Feng Xiaogang) of the 1997 Chinese hit Party A, Party B.
Chinese [nationality], friendship, immigrant, trailer-park, romance