"The Contract," a film by Lu Xuechang, one of the "Sixth Generation" Chinese directors, is to open in China as of Friday. It focuses on prostitution, seen as a sensitive topic in China.
The 205,000-U.S.-dollar movie features Lily, a fugitive prostitute hired to pretend to be the fiancee of Guo Jiaju who returns to his hometown to see his dying father and dodge a creditor.
In a peaceful and pastoral village in eastern China, they both examine their lives and show their humanity which has been clouded in the city.
"The Contract," which only took less than a month to shoot, talks about the conflict between modern and traditional lifestyles and how they eventually merge together, director Lu Xuechang told Xinhua. "It casts aside the stereotype of a prostitute," he added.
As one of the "Sixth Generation" Chinese directors, Lu made his fame with films such as "The Making of Steel," "A Lingering Face" and "Cala, My Dog!" and excels at portraying disadvantaged groups of people frostily and profoundly.
The "Sixth Generation" distinguishes them from the "Fifth Generation" led by Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige by focusing on contemporary society with striking personal styles.
China's film market needs not only entertainment movies but also those provoking contemplation, said Xiao Feng, president of the Dongyu Movie & TV Co., Ltd Fujian China, one of the film's investors.
"We picked up this movie because of Lu's sober-minded perspective toward a prostitute," he told Xinhua.