Little Moth (Xue Chan)

Rated NR 99 minutes

A child falls victim to the adults who are supposed to be looking out for her in this heart-tugging drama from Chinese filmmaker Peng Tao. Xiao Ezi (Zhao Huihui) is a sickly little girl nicknamed Little Moth who has no reliable guardian -- her mother is dead and her father is an alcoholic who can't hold a job. Xiao Ezi is adopted by Luo (Hong Qifa) and Guihua (Han Dequn), a couple from the country, but the girl soon discovers their motives were less then benevolent -- Luo and Guihua earn their meager living by panhandling, and they believe having the tiny child on hand will earn them more money from sympathetic passers-by. Before long, Guihua finds herself becoming a loving mother to the child, even as Luo argues against buying Xiao Ezi the medicine she needs. But it seems other people have their eyes on Little Moth -- another beggar, Zhong (Zeng Xiaorong), offers to buy the child, and a street criminal Yang (Xu Zelin) threatens to inform the authorities about what Luo and Guihua are doing, while a pair of gangsters extort money from the couple in exchange for the child's safety. Xue Chan (aka Little Moth) received its North American premiere at the 2007 Vancouver Film Festival.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Peng Tao

Writer: Peng Tao

Producer: Wang Shaofeng

Cast: Hong Qifa, Han Dequn, Zhao Huihui, Zhang Lei, Gao Yuanbing, Xu Zelin and Zeng Xiaorong

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