Xiao Ban Jie

The Great Phuket
Fourteen-year-old Li Xing lives in a southern Chinese city in Great Phuket, a district full of decay and reconstruction. He doesn’t get along well with his mother who refuses to leave the family home which is slated for demolition. He also encounters nothing but problems at school. One day, Li and his only friend, Song, discover a tunnel that leads to a strange hideout where stones have recorded sounds from the past. During a chase with security guards from an abandoned factory, Song is so badly injured that he has to go to hospital. Song’s mother forbids the two boys from seeing each other again. Filled with despair and guilt, and feeling lonelier than ever, Li returns to the tunnel. But stranger and stranger things are happening there. Gradually the tunnel transforms into a creature that traps Li inside his sad memories. Step by step, Li finds the way out to the outside world. But as a trace of his passage, Li’s poem about his homeland and the people around him remains, recorded by the mysterious shelter of stones.
by Liu Yaonan
with Li Rongkun, Yang Xuan, Kang Hang, You Junfen, Liu Huiyun
Hong Kong, China / France / Germany / Belgium 2024 Mandarin 97' World premiere | Debut film | recommendation: 14 years and up


  • Li Rongkun (Li Xing)
  • Yang Xuan (Song Yang)
  • Kang Hang (Gan Xiaojie)
  • You Junfen (Wang Yan)
  • Liu Huiyun (Duan Fashun)
  • Xie Zhenan (Xiao Xiang)


DirectorLiu Yaonan
ScreenplayLiu Yaonan
CinematographyLiu Yaonan
EditingClara Saunier, Liu Yaonan
MusicAurélien Krafft
Sound DesignAnge Hubert
SoundLi Fan
Production DesignAurélien Krafft
CostumesZhao Xuying
Make-UpZhao Xuying
CastingLiu Yaonan
AnimationLiu Yaonan
ProducersCyriac Auriol, Shan Zuolong
Executive ProducersElisa Sepulveda Ruddoff, Mei Rui, Shen Morton
Co-ProducersKaroline Henkel, Dries Phlypo
Co-ProductionWood Water Films, Mannheim
A Private View Productions, Gent

Produced by

Remora Films

Paris, France

Monologue Films

Hongkong, People’s Republic of China

World Sales

MPM Premium

Paris, France

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Additional information

Sales Agent (Asia):
Parallax Films
Contact: info@parallaxchina.com

Liu Yaonan

Born in 1987 in Kunming, China, where he currently lives and works. The screenwriter, director and artist studied film at the Beijing Normal University and at the École nationale supérieure d’art de Bourges in France. He then made his debut feature film, Xiao Ban Jie, for which he received funding from the China Film Foundation and from the Île-de-France region in France.


2010 Two Days; short film 2013 Imminent Death Experience; short film 2021 Incarnation; short film 2024 Xiao Ban Jie (The Great Phuket)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


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HKW 1 - Miriam Makeba Auditorium

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Cineplex Titania

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Zoo Palast 2

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