Li Ruijun is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. He was born in 1983 in, Gansu China, and graduated from the Communication University of Shanxi. He has directed 5 feature films, all of which tend to focus on the relationship between human beings and the land, as well as the rural attitude towards family, life, and death in a rapidly changing China. His films are predominantly set in his hometown of Gaotai with his close friends and relatives acting in his films and have been selected for festivals including Venice, Cannes and Tokyo. With River Road he was a guest in the Generation program at the Berlinale in 2015.
2022 YIN RU CHEN YAN (Return to Dust)
2017 LU GUO WEI LAI (Walking Past the Future)
2014 JIA ZAI SHUI CAO FENG MAO DE DI FANG (River Road)
2012 GAO SU TA MEN, WO CHENG BAI HE QU LE (Fly with the Crane)
2010 LAO LV TOU (The Old Donkey)
2007 XIA ZHI (Summer Solstice)
Ma and Guiying lead lives that are similarly sheltered and difficult. He is a reticent farmer, the last of his family to remain unmarried; she is disabled and infertile, and long past what is considered to be marrying age in rural China. Their arranged marriage, uniting two people who are accustomed to isolation and humiliation, would appear to force them into a relationship that will make life worse for both of them. But instead, they seize the opportunity to rise above themselves and discover their shared destiny. More