The Missing Star
Filmfest 2007

THE MISSING STAR has an intriguing quest and a gentle love story, but its greatest value lies in its insights into a modern China most Westerners have never seen. The quest is simply a good man's desire to see that a piece of equipment sold by his company works properly. Maintenance engineer Vincenzo is alarmed when his firm in Genoa, Italy, sells a blast furnace with a faulty valve to a Chinese buyer. Knowing the machinery is dangerous and having devised the means to correct the fault, the doggedly independent Vincenzo travels to Shanghai to deliver a new valve. The machinery, however, has changed hands and has been sold to a steel mill deep in the Chinese industrial heartland. Determined to do what he thinks is right, the Italian seeks out the young translator, Liu Hua, who had been with the visiting Chinese delegation. She becomes his guide as they travel in search of the factory that bought the equipment and discover a China he never expected. Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter, Sept 8, 2006

tags: Feature film

Cast: Sergio Castellitto, Tai Ling, Angelo Costabile, Hiu Sun Ha, Catherine Sng


Director: Gianni Amelio