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An Elephant Sitting Still

2018 film

An Elephant Sitting Still

Released 14 December 2018 (4 years, 6 months ago)

Director Hu Bo
Genre drama film and film based on literature
Country of origin People's Republic of China

About An Elephant Sitting Still

An Elephant Sitting Still is a haunting and deeply moving film that explores the interconnected lives of four individuals in a small Chinese town. Directed by the late Hu Bo, the film is a stunning debut that showcases his talent as a filmmaker and his ability to capture the complexities of human emotion.

The film follows the stories of Wei Bu, a high school student who is bullied by his classmates; Huang Ling, a young woman who is trapped in an abusive relationship; Wang Jin, an elderly man who is struggling to come to terms with his past; and Yu Cheng, a gangster who is searching for his missing brother. As their lives intersect, they are forced to confront their own fears and desires, and to confront the harsh realities of life in modern China.

An Elephant Sitting Still is a slow-burning film that demands patience and attention from its viewers. The cinematography is stunning, with long, static shots that capture the beauty and desolation of the town. The performances are also exceptional, with the actors bringing a raw and emotional intensity to their roles.

Despite its bleak subject matter, An Elephant Sitting Still is a deeply human film that offers a glimmer of hope in the face of despair. It is a testament to the power of cinema to capture the complexities of the human experience and to connect us to the world around us.


- "An Elephant Sitting Still review – a four-hour portrait of existential despair" by Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

- "An Elephant Sitting Still: a four-hour Chinese epic of existential angst" by Xan Brooks, The Guardian

- "An Elephant Sitting Still review – a mesmerising debut" by Wendy Ide, The Observer

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


28 years, 7 months, 20 days


28 years, 7 months, 20 days

Born first

25 October 1994

Born last

25 October 1994

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