Xiaolu Guo directs this Chinese drama following a young woman on a soul-searching journey from East to West. Mei (Huang Lu) has never been outside her native village in China. Longing for escape and adventure, she moves to the city of Chong-qing. But urban life doesn't work out as she expected: fired from her factory job, she ends up working at a hairdresser's, where she meets and falls in love with gangster Spikey (Wei Yi Bo). When their relationship ends abruptly in tragic circumstances, Mei is forced to move on once again. On a whim she travels illegally to London, where a heady combination of alienation and freedom draw her into a new kind of entrapment as she continues her search for a place to belong.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Chinese ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A young woman looking for kicks takes a long walk on the wild side of life in this drama from filmmaker Xiaolu Guo. Restless Li Mei (Huang Lu) was born and raised in a small village in Central China, but she longs for a more exciting life and when fate presents her the opportunity to move to the big city of Chong-qing, she jumps at the chance. Li Mei lands a job in a factory, but the work bores her, and she falls into a romance with Spikey (Wei Yi Bo), a small-time gangster who occasionally serves as an executioner for his boss. When a hit goes wrong and Spikey is murdered, Li Mei realizes it's not safe for her in Chong-qing, so she grabs his bankroll and slips into London as an illegal immigrant. Between the weather, the food and having to learn English overnight, London doesn't live up to Li Mei's expectations, and while she's able to stay in the country thanks to a marriage of convenience with a good hearted teacher (Geoffrey Hutchings), she wants more and becomes the lover of a small-time restaurateur (Chris Ryman). ...She, a Chinese ( Ella, una china ) ( She Chinese )