Recently cuckolded and reeling from a messy divorce, a hapless former singer hits the road — and the bar — with his all-too-helpful best bud, in this raunchy romantic comedy from director Ning Hao (No Man's Land).

Special Presentations

Breakup Buddies

Ning Hao

Ning Hao broke Chinese box office records in 2006 with the black comedy Crazy Stone, a low-budget film with a cast of unknowns that featured brilliant dialogue, daring content and groundbreaking style. In his latest film, Breakup Buddies, Ning brings his one-of-a-kind, uproarious talent to a genre very dear to him: the road movie. A light-hearted spin on a serious theme — the search for real values in life — the film presents its protagonists' journey as a rite of passage and a cure for a wounded soul, but also as a vacation and an often-ridiculous adventure.

Geng Hao (Huang Bo) is heartbroken. His wife has left him and filed for divorce. Inconsolable, he drinks himself into oblivion, and winds up in a hospital where he is rescued by his best friend Hao Yi (Xu Zheng). Hao Yi, wanting to help pull Geng Hao out of his depression, comes up with a brilliant idea: the two of them will go on a trip "hunting" for girls. And they're off. From Beijing to Shangri-La to Dali in Southwest China, the two friends (and a dog) encounter a gallery of finely observed characters in a series of outlandish, absurd situations.

Huang and Xu, two of China's finest actors — and audience darlings behind the success of films like Lost in Thailand — give their characters multi-faceted comedic dimension. Ning, with his trademark acumen, incisiveness, and explosive energy, has once again created a hilarious and utterly original film: a dazzling look at the antiheroes of China.

GIOVANNA FULVI

Screenings

Sat Sep 06

Scotiabank 3

Industry
11:30am
Sun Sep 07

Princess of Wales

Regular
9:30pm
Mon Sep 08

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
1:30pm
Tue Sep 09

Scotiabank 11

Industry
9:00am
Fri Sep 12

Scotiabank 5

Industry
4:15pm
Sun Sep 14

Scotiabank 2

Regular
9:15pm