Price: $310.00

    Code: 2242

    Directed by Chao Gan and Zi Liang
    2005, 54 minutes
    Purchase: $310 Classroom Rental: $125

    As China continues its unprecedented economic growth, Last House Standing captures the poignant story of an elderly man caught between his country's past and future.

    In Shanghai, yet another district is scheduled for demolition and redevelopment. The residents have all been relocated, expect for one. The owner of an old mansion, Mr. Jiang, steadfastly refuses to leave. In this affecting documentary, a female correspondent from Beijing attempts to unravel the secrets of the house and its taciturn owner. She discovers that Mr. Jiang was born in this very house and has watched the history of Shanghai unfold from its balcony, from the decadence of the 1930s to the storms of the Cultural Revolution to the fundamental changes that are now reshaping his city.

    Vividly depicting the relationship between an individual and a changing society, Last House Standing is an intimate appreciation of the vast changes sweeping through China.

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    Festivals & Awards

    * Official Selection, Association for Asian Studies Conference, 2007
    * Winner, Grand Prize, EIDF, 2005
    * Official Selection, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 2005


    “The inevitable conflicts between progress and tradition, between the primary interests of individuals and the society in which they live are portrayed in this well-made documentary.” - Educational Media Reviews Online