REEL 13
Indies

The Piano in a Factory

The Piano in a Factory

The Piano in a Factory

The Piano in a Factory (2010): To fight for custody of his daughter who loves playing the piano, a steel factory worker decides to forge a piano from scratch.

Directed by Zhang Meng and Jae-young Kwak.

  • View Comments
  • Russell Smith

    Tough enough reading the minute subtitles on digital TV but your always obnoxious “Thirteen” logo in the lower right corner doesn’t help.

  • Earl A. Stacy

    I vote for ‘The Piano In A Factory’.

  • peter.ramos

    i vote for THE PIANO IN A FACTOR

  • varia

    The trouble with beginners who make movies is that they have watched many, usually too many movies, to be able to create something that doesn’t echoes or borrows favorite styles from other movie makers. Since nowadays I rarely watch movies, I cannot name the direct references of “The piano in a factory”, but influences of Russian, Italian, and French movies of the 60′s abound. The old fashioned factory in ruins, the neglected buildings and dilapidated apartments, the unattractive industrial cityscape, the mostly blue toned clothing of the workers, and the Russian songs all point to the all pervasive Communism in the Russian style. Also the curious high regard of a Chinese steel worker to Beethoven, enough to motivate him to build a piano from scratch. But there are also other influences: Spanish Flamenco, and Argentinean Tangos which seem no less out of place in the People’s Republic. If it didn’t try so much to be so witty and entertaining, this film would be a fine study of the sadness and emptiness of a people that were so brutalized by their regimes that they have lost most of their identity, and what they are left with is neither Chinese nor Western.

Indies

The Piano in a Factory

The Piano in a Factory

The Piano in a Factory

The Piano in a Factory (2010): To fight for custody of his daughter who loves playing the piano, a steel factory worker decides to forge a piano from scratch.

Directed by Zhang Meng and Jae-young Kwak.

  • View Comments
  • Russell Smith

    Tough enough reading the minute subtitles on digital TV but your always obnoxious “Thirteen” logo in the lower right corner doesn’t help.