STONEWALLING – Review by Diane Carson

Chinese Huang Ji fortuitously met Japanese Ryûji Otsuka while Otsuka pursued independent filmmaking in China. Director Ji’s focus on Chinese women’s predicaments resonated with cinematographer/producer Otsuka. Their harmonious real life and on-screen partnership is on full display in their co-directed work Stonewalling in which twenty-year-old Lynn, training as a flight attendant, grapples with an unexpected pregnancy.

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STONEWALLING – Review by Nadine Whitney

Writer/director Huang Ji and cinematographer Ryûji Otsuka’s Stonewalling forms part of a loose trilogy of narratives that investigates contemporary China’s social and cultural mores under ‘gig’ capitalism. Centered on a young women’s struggle for independence, it’s a slow-burn that’s rich in metaphor but gets to the point: Can people attain autonomy in capitalist China? Does the gig economy allow their success? What chances do women have to escape patriarchal strictures of a society that was supposed to be built on equality — but is not.

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