China, 2014, 108 min.
Production: Juben Pictures
Script: Jinglong Han, Yujiao Li, Ang Xu
Director: Ang Xu
DoP: Tao Cai
Editor: Gang Wang
Composer: Radio Mars
Producers: Luna Wang, Liangwen Li
Cast: Ban Zan, Han Tongsheng, Zhao Chunyang, Gao Dongping, He Bing, Lei Jia, Qian Bo, Mi Tiezeng, Li Guangfu, Wang Gang, Zhang Yongqiang, Liu Hui
When a young man, adopted by a wealthy family, murders his biological father, the scandal strikes a nerve among the public. A mock trial is held at a law school, and 12 citizens from different walks of life sit on the makeshift jury. Gradually, an inconvenient truth emerges.
Ang Xu is a stage director of Beijing People’s Art Theatre. In 2006, his production of “The Lover” won the Grand Prix in Tokyo. “The Sorrow of Comedy” (2011) was a box office record in the theatre’s history. “12 Citizens” is his debut on the big screen.