BLIND SHAFT tells the story of Song and Tang, two migrating workers trying to make a living in the coal mines of China. They have found a secret way out of their economic situation...
BLIND SHAFT portrays the dreadful conditions in Chinas mining-industry today. The turnover from socialist ideals to capitalism has led to a state of corruption, where a handful of Yuen is worth more than a human life. The boss’ laconic answer to the workers claim for more money exemplifies this: "Take it or leave it. The only thing China doesn't have a shortage of is people."
Li Yang was born in China in 1959. He was an actor at Bejing Youth Theatre from 1978-1985, and studied directing at Bejing Television Institute from 1985-1987. He then migrated to Germany and studied German and German litterature in Berlin and Munich. From 1992-1995 he studied film at Cologne Art College for Media. He had made three documentaries prior to BLIND SHAFT. Li Yang lives in Berlin.