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Gettin’ Gig Wit It: KimStim is Enceinte with Huang Ji/Ryuji Otsuka’s “Stonewalling”


Gettin’ Gig Wit It: KimStim is Enceinte with Huang Ji/Ryuji Otsuka’s “Stonewalling”

Real-life partners and filmmakers Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsukahave been riding the autumn film festival wave of Venice (Giornate degli Autori), Toronto’s TIFF and the upcoming NYFF and London BFI fests with Stonewalling and we now learn that the KimStim grabbed the title for what will likely be further film festival before a limited theatrical release. The film links to their previous work and provides a fresh look into the Chinese economy by way of the Generation Z.

In China’s gig economy, bodies are currency. This is certainly the experience of 20-year-old Lynn (Honggui Yao) who is browbeaten by her boyfriend to improve her marketability with English classes, but who takes one-off gigs dressing as a princess at a jewellery store promotion and is tempted by the lucrative possibilities of selling her eggs. But then she discovers that she is pregnant, and her tentative first steps onto the career ladder are abruptly halted as she grapples with the options for her future.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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