赵刚 Zhao Gang
A Folk Troupe
中国大陆首映 Chinese Mainland Premiere
A folk Sichuan Opera Troupe of eleven performers arrived at the outskirts of Chengdu City of China , in the spring of 2012. Zhao Li, smart and capable, has led the troupe for many years. The troupe puts on three hours of traditional performances in a rented shed. Dandan, beautiful,talented,
and sixteen years old, is the most prominent actress in the troupe. She has a childhood background in acting as her family traveled around as performers in the traditional opera. Dandan has been dreaming of becoming a star. However, In the age of Sichuan opera declining, the
performers shortage, the audience's ageing, few venue and unsustainable income, Zhao Li exerts herself to the utmost to insist, but she still feels ability not equal to her ambition ...
This film tells the moving story of a local traditional Sichuan opera troupe in China trying to find their own unique method of survival while trapped between the twin pressures of commercialization and urbanization. The reality of troupe's lives reflect a rural China that is being torn apart at the seams, but where local folk culture and traditional values are continue to live and breathe.