NAIL HOUSE (钉子户), a term coined by Chinese developers to describe the house whose residents refuse to make way for new construction, is K.S. McMullen’s award-winning debut.

In Shanghai, an old man takes on a relentless army of builders, cranes and bulldozers to defend his ancestral home. But the city he loves doesn’t love him back.

In this dark, poetic docu-fiction, narrated by Don McCorkindale, the charm of Old Shanghai clashes with raw demolition footage and artistic impressions of a hopeless war.

Watch the film and discover more about the multi-media project Nail House at



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