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2018 Asian American International Film Festival


SPECIAL EVENTS / Special Presentaion


Co-Presented by Asia Society
August 3, 2018 3:30 pm Not Available


Five lives suddenly collide when pig farmer Old Wang’s entire stock dies en masse and turns up in Shanghai’s waterways, setting off a public health crisis.

Cathy Yan’s DEAD PIGS assembles a cast of characters who embody dreamers, deadbeats, and ambitious movers who must answer the question of what the individual should do in a country relentlessly marching away from its past and toward progress.

Old Wang is a longtime pig farmer who invests his money in China’s burgeoning tech industry. Candy Wang is a hairstylist facing off mega-developer Golden Happiness Properties, which wants to evict Candy from her ancestral land for a new development. American expat Sean Landry is the chief architect of this project with Golden Happiness. He has questionable credentials, but slides under the radar thanks to the popular bureaucratic attitude of never asking too many questions. Wang Zhen is just trying to make ends meet, kowtowing to the city’s elite youth as a waiter in a roast pig restaurant bar. There, he meets Xia Xia, the wealthy and spoiled child of a successful businessman. Though they may not have met yet, the motley crew of DEAD PIGS is already bound together by simply existing in modern China.

Yan’s DEAD PIGS is a portrait of humanity in a country that has adopted an attitude of modernizing at all costs. Full of dark images, but paired with a jaunty, delightful humor, DEAD PIGS veritably bounces in contrast to the social realism that has come to characterize popular arthouse in China today.

General $16
Student $12

Screening made possible by: Asia Society



Cathy Yan received a dual MFA and MBA at New York University and a BA at Princeton. Her feature film debut, DEAD PIGS, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and won a Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting. She is next set to direct Margot Robbie in a girl gang movie featuring the character Harley Quinn based on the Birds of Prey comic books for DC/Warner Brothers. Previously, she was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and was one of the youngest in the paper’s history to pen multiple frontpage stories.


Director, Writer: Cathy Yan
Executive Producer: Jia Zhangke
Producers: Clarissa Zhang, Jane Zheng
Director of Photography: Federico Cesca
Cast: Vivian Wu, Mason Lee







Dates & Times


Co-Presented by Asia Society
August 3, 2018 3:30 pm Not Available