Official US Trailer for Johnny Ma's Film 'Old Stone' About a Taxi Driver
An official US trailer has debuted for a film titled Old Stone, the feature directorial debut of Johnny Ma. If you follow international news, you may remember hearing news stories about how drivers in China will go back and kill people if they accidentally hit them. It's because the laws over there make it easier for the accused to get away if the person is dead, rather than just injured. Old Stone seems to be the first film made that examines one of these incidents. It's described as an intense "psychological thriller" about a taxi driver battling bureaucracy and legal manipulation in China. This premiered at TIFF and Berlin to mostly positive reviews, and it looks like it'll leave your head spinning. Starring Chen Gang, Nai An & Wang Hongwei.
For Lao Shi (Chen Gang), a taxi driver in a crowded city, every day of work is a fight for his family's basic economic survival. One day, swerving his car because his arm is grabbed by a drunken passenger, he accidentally hits a motorcyclist. Passersby observe and take photos but don't intervene, and when the ambulance takes too long to arrive, he decides to take the injured man to the hospital himself. But upon their arrival at the hospital, a bureaucratic nightmare quickly begins to unfold. Old Stone (or Lao shi) is both written and directed by Chinese filmmaker Johnny Ma, making his directorial debut after a number of short films previously. This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and played at many other fests all over the world. Zeitgeist Films will open Old Stone in select US theaters starting November 30th (theater list).