“24 City” chronicles the dramatic and thunderous fall of a State-owned munitions factory and its conversion into a luxury high-rise apartment complex. Artfully composed, rich in offbeat details, and punctuated with pop songs, “24 City” weaves together the stories of three generations of factory workers (some real, some played by actors) into a fascinating oral history of post-revolutionary China and bracing meditation on the massive physical and psychological changes transforming the country. [Synopsis courtesy of The Cinema Guild]
In 1999, Fenyang. Tao, a school teacher, is in love with Liang, who is a coal miner. But Tao brings an end to their relationship when she is proposed marriage with Jinsheng, who just became an owner of the coal mine. Hearbroken, Liang leaves his hometown in self-exile. In 2014, Liang, who lives in Handang, finds himself in a fatal illness. Liang decides to go back to Fenyang with his wife and a daughter to live his last days at his hometown. Liang meets Tao, who was already divorced with Jinsheng, and lives alone. Meanwhile, her son, Daole, who lives in Shanghai with Jinsheng, temporary comes back to Fenyang to his grandpa’s funeral. Tao learns that Daole is going to immigrate to Australia with Jinsheng. After the funeral, Tao sees off her son on the train to Shanghai.