Caught in the Web

Synopsis: The story begins on a bus, when white-collar worker Ye refuses to give up her seat to a senior citizen. Her defiance is videotaped by a journalist intern and played during a news show. The video sparks intense debate on and off the Internet. Some Internet users search for Ye's personal information and post it all online. The issue soon brings tremendous changes to the families of both the journalist intern and Ye's boss.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Kaige Chen
Production: Vitagraph
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min


''45 kilos''

Call that a shine?

Sorry, Boss.

Hello Director Shen.

Xiao Zhang.

Any new jokes for me?

Three men in an elevator. One's the boss.

The boss farts. lt's a stinker.

He fakes shock - ''who farted?''

The guy with the worst

career prospects says:

lt was me.

Using your hands again!


Don't be like this one.

Showing up after the boss.

Have you noticed...

since Miss Ye has lost weight

she's looking quite dainty?

lf you took her to a business function

other bosses would be green with envy.

l'll take that.

What's ''trendy''?

Being the first to wear a style.

Breakdancing was a new fad.

That was the 80s.

l had these gloves. Fingerless.

l didn't get it.

We're not very trendy.

Buy damaged goods?

So that's a breakdancing glove.


Then l have breakdancing socks too.

l even have breakdancing underpants.

Remember, that's how it's made.

Remember. Don't iron it flat.

Bring me my red coat and cow-print skirt.

We can afford expensive sandwiches

but not even a cheap apartment.


Anyone seen my hairbands?

Here they are.

You sure there's a story in the wedding?

Don't waste Jiaqi's time.

lt won't be a waste of time.

lt'll be newsworthy for sure.

Ye Lanqiu.

ls your family here?

l have no family. Just tell me.

You need urgent hospitalisation.

What's wrong?

lt's your lymphatic system.

ls it serious?

Have faith in yourself.

We can admit you next week.

Seven days from now.

Are you sure?

l have no symptoms.

l'm here only...

for a medical insurance check-up.

lf l hadn't come in

what would have happened?

And now l need hospitalisation?

lf you're worried,

we'll re-test.

lf l'm really that ill,

l'll be unable to renew my health insurance.

Young comrades,

give your seats to the elderly.

l'm talking to you, sunglasses girl.

Let the old man have the seat.

Playing deaf now?.

l said give your seat to the old man.

Miss, it's just a seat.

l won't die of exhaustion if l stand.

l'm fine.

Lets just say l gave her my seat.


l've never seen such a thing.

Never seen such a type.


What type is that?


l can have the driver kick you off.

Your type shouldn't be on a bus.


Take a cab.

No one asks for your seat there.


lf you want to sit, sit here.

You... Someone reason with her!

You're out of line.

He's old enough to be your granddad.

Do you talk to your granddad like that?

Don't give up the seat, fine.

But that's too much.

You all heard her.

She's mocking me.

ln my whole life,

no one's ever been so disrespectful.

She's mocking me.


this isn't our stop.

Excuse me, miss.

Excuse me.

l'm a trainee TV reporter.

l want to ask you something.

Why'd you humiliate that old man?

You were nearly at your stop.

Why didn't you just stand and

give up the seat?

l didn't want to, that's all.

At least you're honest.

Let me pass.

My mobile!



Trying to get away?


What got stolen?

Phone or wallet?

How'd you know?.

Those thugs -

they're always hanging around here.

Why so late? The boss isn't happy.

''Advanced lymphatic cancer''

However you look at it, it seems faked,

not the least bit authentic.

Ruoxi, it really happened.


Our job is to record social realities,

to reveal the true face of events.

But sometimes truth is puzzling.

What is truth, really?

Know what l mean?

Everyone has a different perspective.


Back so soon - did you film the wedding?

No, l shot something else instead.

Have a look. Can we use this?

l said give up the seat. Playing deaf now?.

Tomorrow's negotiations are critical.

Prepare the documents.

Director Shen

l need time off.

Fine, once the contract's signed.

l can't wait.

l need it now.

What happened?

Fall out of love?

l didn't mean...

l need money.

Mrs. Shen!

Can l go in?

l've never seen this outfit.

lt's stunning.

Xiaohua. Don't wait till you're old

to get nice clothes.

You're so right. As Eileen Chang wrote:

Jump on the money!


if money can solve it, no need to despair.

You listening?

Okay, okay, come here.

Let me wipe those tears.

Don't cry. There there.

Goodness. See?

Why didn't you knock?

Mrs. Shen

don't misunderstand.

So it's my fault?

Sorry to disturb you.

Mrs. Shen, Mrs. Shen!

Mrs. Shen

l've run into some trouble.

l was asking for time off.

l was really upset, so l cried.

When you walked in just now,

Director Shen was comforting me.

Miss Ye, be warned

a mistress's life is not a happy one.

Mrs. Shen

you mightn't believe me,

but you've no reason to say that.

So my fault again.

Let's put this footage out there.

lt'll get on tonight's show. l'll edit.

Dont just stand there. Get to it.

lt's a mess. Back me up in there.

Tell him l spent 600,000.

Today's a big celebration.

Whatever the cost...

it's still going ahead.

lf you made a little profit, fine.

Yang, l've paid my half.

Why can't l know the truth?

lt would have cost


Tell him the truth. lt's okay. Go on.


Well she's keen for the groom's embrace.

This is all very dramatic.


Have you ever heard of a man

who'd rip off his son's in-laws at the wedding?

We can't go through with this.

The wedding's off.




''l didn't want to'' and ''want to sit, sit here''

Those are the key phrases.


Darling, l've got a fab story for you.

Help me promote it.

l know. Definitely an exclusive.

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