King of Peking

2017 | China, Australia, USA | NR | 88 min.


State Theatre Sat, Jul 22, 2017 9:00 AM
State Theatre Sat, Jul 22, 2017 3:00 PM
State Theatre Sat, Jul 22, 2017 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Friends Screening
Release Year:2017
Runtime:88 min.
Production Country:China
Original Language:Mandarin
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sam Voutas
Produced by:Melanie Ansley
Jane Zheng
Screenwriter:Sam Voutas


Both a love letter to the cinema and a beautiful meditation on father-son relationships, “King of Peking” follows Big Wong through 1990s Beijing as he desperately looks for a business idea that will allow him to make spousal payments and keep custody of his young son, Little Wong. One day, Big Wong—a movie-theater projectionist—has a brilliant idea: He and his son will secretly tape the blockbuster films that play at the theater and sell them on DVD in the lucrative bootleg market. The plan goes off without a hitch, but Little Wong can’t shake the guilt he feels over their crimes. As Little Wong begins to question his father’s influence and ponders returning to live with his mother, who works on a train, Big Wong wrestles with how far he can go to provide for his son. This joyful, heartwarming film—which tips its hat to “Cinema Paradiso”—is a bona fide crowdpleaser.