GO AWAY MR. TUMOR
Directed by Han Yan
Bubbly Xiong Dun is about to have things go pop. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her, and her job as a cartoonist is as good as done. She’s turning 29 and ready to leave a trail of Kleenexes along the road of her final best years. And just when things couldn’t get worse, she collapses mysteriously and is hospitalized.
But Xiong Dun has a distraction from all that in the form of her studly doctor who removes his facemask to reveal, yes!, that jawline, those cheek bones – he’s played by Daniel Wu! From her hospital bed, Xiong Dun shrugs off her illness and concocts a plan to steer doc from his professional duties and into her girlish embrace.
Based on Xiang Yao’s popular autobiographical webcomic about coping with sickness, GO AWAY MR. TUMOR is a high-energy comedy directed by Han Yan (First Time) who has become one of China’s most reliable directors for clever, lively films about big-city professionals and their romantic exploits. But it’s Bai Baihe who steals the show and proves why she’s China’s newest box office champ. With big cartoon eyes that daydream K-dramas, she’s a klutzy flirt, the kind you can’t help but adore even while she’s shamelessly fantasizing about love when friends and family are worried sick for her well-being. Bai has a radiating sincerity that manages to reveal the limits of China’s upper-middle class self-absorption, which comes to a head in a finale that will have audiences laughing through tears. –Brian Hu