Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Dearest
(Qin ai de)

Year: 2014
Country: CHINA, HONG KONG
Run Time: 130 minutes

Dearest
Dearest
Dearest
Dearest

Based on true events, DEAREST introduces us to Tian Wenjun, the proprietor of an internet café in the huge city of Shenzhen who argues constantly with his ex-wife about the care of their little son Pengpeng. One night a fight breaks out in the shop. Tian Wenjun intervenes – and the boy is gone. As the distraught parents struggle to find their son, they’re dragged on a hellish journey through a world of lackadaisical bureaucrats and unscrupulous con men. Yet after three agonizing years, a miracle occurs: they track down Pengpeng with his new “mother,” whose husband seems to have abducted the boy. But the family’s happy reunion fades, since Pengpeng has forgotten his birth parents and clings screaming to his new mother. Tian Wenjun realizes he is now the kidnapper – of his own son. From beginning to end, DEAREST is a searing look at child abduction in China, and its repercussions on parents who have lost their one allowable child. (In Mandarin with subtitles) – B.B.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9:10 AM -
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Sidebar
Pan-Asian Films

Director
Peter Ho-Sun Chan

Peter Ho-Sun Chan was born in Hong Kong before moving to Thailand and later studying at UCLA. He has worked on Jackie Chan movies and in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Hollywood. Also a producer of pan–Asian films, Chan was voted "most valuable filmmaker" by a Hong Kong trade group.

Filmography
"He's a Woman, She's a Man" (1994), "Comrades, Almost a Love Story" (1996), "Who's the Woman, Who's the Man" (1996), "The Love Letter" (1999), "Perhaps Love" (2005), "The Warlords" (2007), "Dragon" (2011), "American Dreams in China" (2013), DEAREST (2014)

Producers
Jojo Hui Yuet-chun, Peter Ho-Sun Chan

Screenwriting
Zhang Ji

Cinematography
Shu Chou

Editing
Derek Hui

Principal Cast
Zhao Wei, Huang Bo, Tong Dawei, Hao Lei, Zhang Yi, Zhang Yuqi

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