The Rib


Original name: The Rib
English name: The Rib
Year: 2018
Run time: 85'
Language: Mandarin
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: China
Director: Wei Zhang
Producer: Wei Zhang, Zhang Min
Cast: Jingyi Huang, Weijie Yuan, Deng Gao, Hao Meng
Screenplay: Marlo Bernier, Amory Hui ,Hao Meng, He Zhang, Ruirui Chen, Xuejun Wu, Ye Qin
Cinematographer: Lutz Reitemeier
Editor: Karl Riedl, Renaud Moran, Sebastien De Sainte Croix
Music Composer: Lao Zai
Sound Desighner: Gu Changning
Costume Designer: Jia Chuanwang
Production Designer: Li Weixiong
Production Company: Shen Zhen Hua Hao Film & Media Co., Ltd.
World Sales: Shen Zhen Hua Hao Film
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  • Busan IFF 2018
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF 2018
  • IFFI Goa 2018

Selected Filmography:

  • Beijing Dream 2010
  • Shadow Puppet Show Of One Person 2011
  • Ballad From Tibet 2017
  • The Rib 2018

Director's Biography:

Zhang is known for his naturalistic depictions of marginalized characters. Using cinematic realism, his films self-consciously convey critical social issues and powerful social messages through their unassuming storylines. This constant struggle between marginalised individuals and society introduces the audience to aspects of Chinese society that are often overshadowed by China’s rapid transformation.


Huanyu, who decides to undergo a sex-change, needs his father’s consent in order to go ahead with the medical procedures. His father, Li Jianguo, a devout Christian, volunteers at a church, only sees transgender identity as a sin and sickness. Liu seeks guidance from others and receives various feedbacks. When Liu Mann, one of his son's transgender friends, commits suicide out of desperation, he renews his effort to better connect with his son. The film examines the LGBT issue which remains a taboo in Chinese society in the way it depicts the relationship between the transgender-wishing protagonist and his family.