Arriving at a hospital seven hours’ drive from his remote village in the mountains, former gold miner He Quangui is finally put in a ward. The doctors proceed to puncture his lungs with a needle to remove syringe after syringe of air. In pain, He Quangui tries to clasp the drip pulley hanging from the ceiling; his brother-in-law Mi Shiliang is at a loss for how to comfort him.
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