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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

One Eightieth of Zhang Tianyi


Directed by Shuhan Fan

China, USA / 2016 / 19 mins / Mandarin with English subtitles / Color / 16:9, D-Cinema

Plays In:
WTF: Watch These Films

Downtown Independent
May 3, 2017 9:30 pm


When Zhang Tianyi, a 25-year-old Mao Zedong fan, graduates from the most prestigious law school in China in 2014, he is one of 8 million young Chinese who are competing for new jobs in Beijing. To stand out, Zhang Tianyi makes an outrageous career choice: He opens a small restaurant to sell rice noodles in the style of his hometown in Hunan. But people walk into his restaurant not because of the food, but because of the star that he is. The bombastic iconoclast has attracted more than half a million social media followers by promoting his philosophy, and branding himself as the “Great Leader” of this communist economic kingdom. This controversial character with his unconventional success is a manifestation of the conflicts and struggles in China’s millennial generation.

Director's Bio

Shuhan Fan is a Chinese female documentary filmmaker and a recent graduate from Northwestern University. Her creative vision is to use colorful, graphic, and quirky imagery to blend mundane social activities into metaphorical expressions.


Director: Shuhan Fan
Cinematographers: Shuhan Fan, Miasarah Lai

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  1. WTF: Watch These Films

    Shorts Programs / 111 mins
    These films all differ in themes, but they are here because they make you want to say “WTF” after watching. Not because they are bad, but because you may be shocked, angry or too emotional after viewing. — Ariel Du

    In This Program: Pria, Divine XY, One Eightieth of Zhang Tianyi, Coin Boy, F**ked Up, Sleeping with the Devil

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Plays In:
WTF: Watch These Films

Downtown Independent
May 3, 2017 9:30 pm