Xiao Ti Qing (2003)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - China  |  
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Jiang Cheng's debut feature, Xiao Ti Qing (Violin), tells the tale of a man who finds happiness for the first time in his life. Wu (Gu Jing Lin) is a sad sack that lives with his mother and works a go-nowhere job. After a truck nearly runs him over, Wu discovers a violin. He begins taking lessons and develops romantic but unrequited feelings for his teacher. His growing obsession with the instrument causes consternation from his neighbors, and gets him committed to a mental institution after he gives up a good-paying job in order to spend more time practicing. Inarticulate by nature, Wu is finally able to express in words his feelings about his playing. Violin was screened at the Cinequest Film Festival.