Good Cats

  • 103'
  • China
  • 2008
'Look,' said the always practical Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, 'it's a good cat as long as he catches mice; the colour of the cat is not important.' That famous dictum explains the title of Good Cats. It also explains why half of China is convinced that the only task in life is to become as rich as possible.
In his third film after the committed Taking Father Home and The Other Half, Ying Liang and his co-writer and producer Peng Shan use the form of black comedy and cheerful satire in order to show the consequences of Deng's limited philosophy, such as corruption and fraud. The film is situated in their home province of Sichuan. There they present the young Luo Liang, who also does his best to get a place on the fast train to wealth: he has a job as a driver for a gangster annex project developer. His boss wants to confiscate a peasant village with the aid of corrupt politicians. Like a real Greek choir, the Chinese metal-gothic band Lamb’s Funeral puts in an unannounced visit with songs about hell and damnation. The unconventional juxtaposition of unparalleled self-enrichment and this unusual sung commentary gives Good Cats a hilarious, light-hearted undertone. Again made for a pittance, but the result is sublime.


Director
Ying Liang
Country of production
China
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
103'
Medium
DV cam PAL
Original title
Hao mao
Language
Chinese
Producer
Peng Shan
Production Company
90 Minutes Film Studio
Sales
TianlinFilm Productions
Screenplay
Ying Liang, Peng Shan
Cinematography
Ying Liang, Li Rongsheng
Editor
Ying Liang
Production Design
Du Qingchun
Sound Design
Ying Liang, Wang Long
Music
Lamb’s Funeral
Cast
Luo Liang, Liu Xiaopei