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Old Yang seeks bride
One-off / one hour
Production CompanyDiscovery Communications Inc. / Media Development Authority of Singapore / The Right Angle Media - Adapted from an original film by Shanghai Media Group
Old Yang is 73 years old. He lives in Shanghai and he’s got a problem: he wants a wife. And not just any wife. He knows exactly what he wants. The woman of his dreams has a pension, does not dance or play mahjong and is, above all else, younger than he. Quite a bit younger. To find the perfect match Old Yang places an ad in the “personals” section of the Shanghai Senior Citizen newspaper. We follows him for six months as he bicycles through a series of dates. It’s a bumpy road, with many twists and turns, both humorous and poignant.
Old Yang is not alone. China’s population is aging fast. One result of China’s so-called “one child family policy” is a ballooning of the age pyramid. There are now more old people in China than ever before. In Shanghai alone there are 3 million retired pensioners. That’s 20% of the population is over the age of 60. And one million of them are single. The Middle Kingdom is rapidly becoming a grey one. But new economic and social freedoms fuel changing social mores. And not just for the young. Cohabitation among China’s senior citizens is increasingly common. But can Old Yang convince one of his dates to move in with him?