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Based on remarkable true events, Dead Pigs is a bitingly humorous social satire about the trials and tribulations connecting a disparate group of characters in the midst of a baffling nationwide mystery.


Shifting between Shanghai and the neighboring provincial town of Jiaxing, the film centers on the intersecting stories of five characters, whose loose connections begin to fatefully intertwine: a down-on-his-luck pig farmer; a feisty home-owner defending her property; a lovestruck busboy; a rudderless rich girl; and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream. Their fates converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River.


A universal human story set against the backdrop of globalization, drastic social change and increasing wealth inequality, Dead Pigs is the masterful feature debut of exciting filmmaker Cathy Yan (Birds of Prey), starring an international ensemble including Vivian Wu (Away), Mason Lee (Lucy), Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), Meng Li (A Touch of Sin), Haoyu Yang (The Wandering Earth), and David Rysdahl (The Family). Executive Produced by Jia Zhangke (Still Life) and Ali Wong (Always Be My Maybe).

  • Year
    2018
  • Runtime
    122 minutes
  • Language
    Mandarin/Shanghainese with English subtitles
  • Country
    China
  • Note
    Content Considerations: strong language
  • Director
    Cathy Yan
  • Screenwriter
    Cathy Yan
  • Producer
    Clarissa Zhang, Jane Zheng, Yang Lan
  • Executive Producer
    Jia Zhangke, Ali Wong
  • Co-Producer
    Vivian Wu
  • Cast
    Vivian Wu, Yang Haoyu, Li Meng, Mason Lee, David Rysdahl
  • Cinematographer
    Federico Cesca
  • Editor
    Alexander Kopit
  • Production Design
    Joe Yao
  • Sound Design
    Mariusz Glabinksi
  • Music
    Andrew Orkin