Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This award winning Chinese drama examines the actions of a shy and quiet misanthrope who slyly begins meddling in others' lives. The film is set within an aging apartment block in Beijing. Xiao Dou has been cared for by his sister since their parents died many years ago. Anxious to begin living her own life, his married sister tries to find a match for Xiao Dou. She has yet to succeed. Xiao Dou works for the Post Office as a letter box installer. He is reassigned to delivering mail in the Happiness District mail after the former mailman was caught reading the letters he was supposed to deliver. Intrigued by that, and by the games played by the postal clerk Yun Qing who tries to discover the contents of letters, Xiao Dou begins to secretly open the mail. This leads him to get involved in the dramas of people's lives. For example, when a boy commits suicide, Xiao Dou delays sending the letter to his parents who patiently wait to hear from their son. Xiao Dou's most difficult drama involves the relationship between to homosexual drug addicts. All of their lives forever change when the postman gets directly involved.
apartment, addiction, homosexual, letter, meddling, misanthrope, postman, suicide