Old Boys enliven young dreams
BEIJING - What does it take to touch a generation?
It's a question faced hundreds of times by Xiao Yang, whose online film Old Boys is resonating deeply with Chinese born in the 1970s and 1980s.
In the movie, Xiao plays a wedding party host who loves singing, while his real life business partner Wang Taili plays a hairdresser who loves dancing.
But their youthful dreams have been replaced by reality.
At the end of the movie, the two old boys walk onto a talent show to realize their dreams, even though everyone is making fun of them.
When they sing a beautiful elegy to youth, a lament for all the things lost along the way, many were in tears. The song features the music of Ohashi Takya's Arigatou, with lyrics written by the pair, known in the film and in reality as the Chopstick Brothers.
The film has been viewed online more than 26 million times since its Oct 28 debut.