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Factory Boss (Da Gong Lao Ban) + Director Q & A

Factory Boss (Da Gong Lao Ban, Zhang Wei, China, 2014)

Age Rating: 12A

104 minutes, European premiere

Regent Street Cinema


Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

Director: Zhang Wei

Screenwriter: Zhang Ming

Producers: Chen Yang, Wang Bing, Luo Siwei, Sun Haifan, Li Dan, Li Songzhang, Zhang Peng

Cinematographer: Lutz Reitemeier

Cast: Yao Anlian, Tang Yan, Zhao Ju, Huang Jingyi

Single film ticket prices: Adults £11; Senior/Student/Unemployed/Associate cardholders £10; Children under 16: £7

Special price for double bills (to include Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice): Adults £15; Senior/Student/Unemployed/Associate cardholders £13; Children under 16 £10

Regent Street Cinema Members and University of Westminster students and staff have special rates and these can be seen on the Regent Street Cinema website here. 

In the once-thriving industrial town of Shenzhen in Southeast China, Lin Dalin, the owner of a toy factory in threat of imminent closure, makes a Faustian pact with a massive American corporation for a last-minute order of dolls for the Western market. Strong competition from cheaper Asian producers and fluctuating exchange rates compound the problem of already negligible profit margins, yet to pull out would mean shutting down the factory and leaving his workers unemployed. Lin speeds up production, increases working hours, delays staff wages and waives safety regulations in an attempt to keep his enterprise afloat, severely compromising the morale and health of his employees, until an idealistic journalist’s damning exposé of his sweatshop production methods forces him into considering ever more desperate methods.

A nuanced, fast-paced and gripping drama that earned its star Yao Anlian the Best Actor Award at the Montreal World Film Festival in a role that, in fact, proves impossible not to sympathise with.

+ Director Zhang Wei in attendance for Q&A

Tickets for this film should be purchased on the Regent Street Cinema website here.

For more information on the film go to the film’s website here. The film also has a Facebook page which can be found here.

Watch the trailer below:-

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This film is being screened as part of the Asia House Film Festival 2016. To read about all the films being screened at this year’s Festival click here.

To see all the films being screened at the Regent Street Cinema during the Festival click here.

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February 26, 2016
18:30 - 20:30
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Asia House


Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW United Kingdom
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