Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films Release Old Stone The Award-Winning Debut Feature Film by Johnny Ma


Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films are proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Old Stone, the thrilling debut feature film from director Johnny Ma. This intense action Neo-Noir thriller tells the story of a taxi driver who hits a motorcyclist one night, and stops to help. This accident sets into motion a nightmarish series of events for the taxi driver as he struggles to survive against a bureaucratic legal system that is utterly indifferent to helping him. Old Stone was an Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival (where it won the award for Best Canadian First Feature Film) and the Berlin International Film Festival. The film also won Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Stockholm Film Festival, and was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards.

Old Stone will become available on Blu-ray and DVD January 30, 2018, Blu-ray and DVD. Special features include behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, "Grand Canal" -- a short film by Johnny Ma, and the trailer.


In Johnny Ma's thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive. 

When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist, the driver stops to help the injured man. When no police or ambulance arrive he drives the victim to the hospital, checks him in and finds himself liable for the man's medical bills. The repercussions of Shi's selfless act expose a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing his cab, his job and his family, Lao Shi (in a magnificent performance by Chen Gang) has to resort to desperate measures to survive.
 
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