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Film Info
Original Title:??
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Asian Frontiers
Women & Film
Release Year:2022
Runtime:147 min
Language:Chinese (Mandarin)
Print Source:Kimstim
Tags:Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Human Rights
Social Justice
Women Directors
Director:Huang Ji
Ryuji Otsuka
Producer:Ryuji Otsuka
Cinematographer:Ryuji Otsuka
Screenwriter:Huang Ji
Ryuji Otsuka
Editor:Ching-sung Liao
Ryuji Otsuka
Men Du
Composer:Chor Guan Ng
Principal Cast:Yao Honggui
Huang Xiaoxiong
Xiao Zilong


“Observations of a post-Tik Tok China” is how directors Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka summarize their newest film. Selected as part of the 2022 New York Film Festival, this cinematic study of a young woman freefalling through China’s hyper-capitalist economy “refuses to offer easy answers.” –Steph Green, IndieWire

Here is Lynn, a 20-something young woman trying, and not really succeeding, at being a flight attendant. She’s actually not succeeding at much, except wasting hours on her smartphone. But when she becomes pregnant, her plans for the future are completely upended, and she is confronted with China’s harrowing capitalistic realities. According to the filmmakers, Stonewalling’s script was crafted from interviews with college women trying to cope and better themselves. Set as the pandemic takes a firm hold on China, Stonewalling is a fierce critique of the country’s savage gig economy.

Director Biography

Huang Ji was born in Hunan in 1984 and studied screenwriting in the Beijing Film Academy. Her films include Egg and Stone (2012), and, directed with Ryuji Otsuka, Trace (2013), The Foolish Bird (2017) and Stonewalling (2022).

Ryuji Otsuka was born in Tokyo in 1972. He has been the cinematographer and producer for all the films directed by Huang Ji. He is the director of Beijing Ants (2013), and, with Ji, Trace (2013), The Foolish Bird (2017) and Stonewalling (2022).