BEFORE BIRDS OF PREY, DIRECTOR CATHY YAN REVEALED
HER VISIONARY TALENTS WITH HER FEATURE FILM DEBUT,
A MASTERFUL SOCIAL SATIRE SET IN SHANGHAI AND
BASED ON REMARKABLE TRUE EVENTS
DEAD PIGS is a bitingly humorous social satire about the trials and tribulations connecting a disparate group of characters in the midst of a baffling nationwide mystery. Shifting between Shanghai and the neighboring provincial town of Jiaxing, the film centers on the intersecting stories of five characters, whose loose connections begin to fatefully intertwine: a down-on-his-luck pig farmer; a feisty home-owner defending her property; a lovestruck busboy; a rudderless rich girl; and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream. Their fates converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River.
A universal human story set against the backdrop of globalization, drastic social change and increasing wealth inequality, DEAD PIGS stars an international ensemble recognized at Sundance with the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting, including Vivian Wu (Away, The Last Emperor, The Joy Luck Club), Mason Lee (Lucy, The Hangover Pt II), Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”, Nine Days), Meng Li (The Bad Kids, The Guillotines, Young Love Lost), Haoyu Yang (The Wandering Earth) and David Rysdahl (The Family, Nine Days). It was executive Produced by Jia Zhangke (Still Life) and Ali Wong (Always Be My Maybe).
DEAD PIGS (2018)
Written and Directed by: Cathy Yan
Cast: Vivian Wu, Yang Haoyu, Li Meng, Mason Lee, David Rysdahl, Cao Kefan, Zazie Beetz
Produced by: Clarissa Zhang, Jane Zheng, Yang Lan
Executive Produced by: Jia Zhangke, Ali Wong
Co-Executive Produced by: Shirley Lau, Joe Zhang
Director of Photography: Federico Cesca