BARE BRANCHES

In Development/ 3 part TV series 

Based on the derogatory term Guang Gun (光棍) meaning bare branches, used to refer to Chinese men who do not marry and thus do not add ‘branches’ to the family tree.

  

Logline:  An unmarriageable man from the countryside is sent to start a new life in the city and participate in an unusual arrangement.

Synopsis: Set in the near future, the film revolves around a poor 30 something year old man named Xi from the countryside, who after the death of his mother is sent to start a new life in one of China’s thriving metropolises’.

Xi is part of a growing group of men who have not been able to find a wife due to China’s ‘one-child’ policy and traditional preference for sons that has resulted in an excess of marriageable men vs. women. He is just one of the millions of leftovers or Guang Gun (Bare Branches) that modern China look down upon.

Xi is an unattractive proposition to both women of the countryside and city – he is poor, not so handsome and not so clever. It is certain that Xi will never marry but Xi’s mother has a pragmatic solution and has made arrangements for him to share a wife with a man in the city.

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