A documentary about the irreplaceable sense of community in the diminishing neighborhoods of Shanghai, told from the reflections of a father & daughter.
Lan Yan (兰言)
The rapid increase in prosperity and the international modernization of Shanghai has been implemented on a mass scale at the expense of lower-income traditional Chinese communities. Mr. Zhang and his daughter, residents of a Shikumen area known as Lan Yan, reflect upon the sense of closeness and community he and his neighbors have experienced for over a century despite their cramped living conditions. Lan Yan captures the essence of this community as a window in time before the neighborhood is doomed to be swept away by the surrounding high-rise metropolis.