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The name says it all. The first film in director Ning Ying's "Beijing Trilogy" pays "unashamed tribute to the lighter side of life " (The Economist). The story centers around an old man forced to retire from his job as a utility man at the Peking Opera. At loose ends, he wanders the backstreets of Beijing looking for something to fix. When he comes upon a group of amateur opera musicians in a public park, the old meddler finds an outlet for his tendencies. "Beneath the comedy, there's a deeper message about bureaucratic mindsets in communist China" (Variety). A Gold Award Winner at the Tokyo International Film Festival. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Ning Ying---China---1993---98 mins.