By telling a story about a father searching his son, the movie“tropic” focus on mental situation of people who are being urbanized. An old man called Xu Guiyou,, comes to Guangdong province to search his son who has been lost for many years. from hometown Hubei province.His son is named Xu Wang and has been lost since he graduated from university. In the process of looking for Xu Wang, Xu Guiyou finds many clues. He meets his son’s ex-boss, classmate, ex-landlord, ex-girlfriend and a policeman. By talking to those people, Xu Guiyou find that his son doesn’t do well ,either in his job or his relationship. In the end, Xu Guiyou still can’t find his son. However , from the character of Xu Guiyou, we can see the countrymen’s confusing when they are being urbanized. In this process, they not only have to find jobs to support themselves, but also have to identifying themselves in a complete new way, which is a rather difficult problem.
When Xu Guiyou is looking for his son, a hooligan called A Long accompanies him. At first, they are totally strangers. But after many things, they become very intimate. In the end of the movie, in order to raise money for Xu Guiyo’s returning to home, A Long steals from someone, and finally gets arrested.
The movie is shot in DongGuang which has a native population of 1, 000,000. But in the city ,there are also 7,000,000 to 8,000,000 floating population. By analyzing fate of those people, the movie” tropic” shows us social phenomena in urbanization, including job hunting, urban-rural conflict, spiritual belonging, and so on.