Directed by Huang Ji

Directed by Huang Ji

3 Episodes

These three films by Huang Ji—a fiercely independent voice in Chinese filmmaking—comprise a remarkable coming-of-age trilogy, charting both the personal journey of a young woman (played in all three by recurring star Yao Honggui) as well as the social transformation of China itself. Inspired by Huang’s own adolescence growing up in rural China, these films offer a clear-eyed, unadorned, and uncensored look at the experiences of one of the country’s most vulnerable demographics: young women without family support who must fight to survive in a rapidly changing economic landscape. Even as they navigate the most difficult of circumstances, Huang’s characters remain dignified and self-sufficient, their stories captured with penetrating social observation and a painterly visual style that she’s developed in collaboration with Ryuji Otsuka, who’s served as cinematographer on all three films and codirector and producer of two.

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Directed by Huang Ji
  • Egg and Stone

    Episode 1

    Directed by Huang Ji • 2012 • China
    Starring Yao Honggui

    The first entry in what is now a trilogy (with THE FOOLISH BIRD and STONEWALLING) chronicling the experiences of China’s left-behind children—kids who remain in the countryside while one or both of their parents depart for the city to work...

  • The Foolish Bird

    Episode 2

    Directed by Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka • 2017 • China
    Starring Yao Honggui, Fang Yao, Liqiao Xiao

    Director Huang Ji’s follow-up to EGG AND STONE continues her incisive exploration of China’s marginalized youth, here though the unflinchingly observed story of sixteen-year-old Lynn (played once aga...

  • Stonewalling

    Episode 3

    Directed by Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka • 2022 • China
    Starring Yao Honggui, Liu Long, Huang Xiaoxiong

    The latest from Beijing-based wife-and-husband directorial team Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka is a piercing, meticulously observed examination of contemporary Chinese youth starring their recurring l...