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Life on a String (1991)

Bian zou bian chang (original title)
A blind man's master told him that after he has broken 1000 strings on his Banjo, he can open the Banjo to get a script for his eyes. After 60 years he broke the 1000th string...

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Lanxiu
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Noodle stall owner's wife
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Retarded man at noodle stall
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Lanxiu's father
Zhengyuan Zhang ...
Noodle stall owner / God of death
Ling Zhong ...
Pharmacist
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A blind man's master told him that after he has broken 1000 strings on his Banjo, he can open the Banjo to get a script for his eyes. After 60 years he broke the 1000th string... Written by Zheng Wang <zhwang@das.harvard.edu>

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Shitou: Master, why are we blind? Why does it have to be us? I want to open my eyes and see, even just for once.
Old Master: You really do?
Shitou: I do! I do.
Old Master: Then keep plucking the strings... one by one, with all your might.
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left with too many questions
15 January 2004 | by (Mountain View, CA) – See all my reviews

watching this film, i was left with too many unanswered questions at the end of it. the first thing i had to say was "...okkkk". in the end i felt a little unsatisfied. the relationship between lanxiu and shidou could have been developed a little more.

maybe i was approaching the film in the wrong manner. coming from the "old well" and "yellow river" perspective, this doesn't seem to hold up as well as some of the other 5th generation director's films.


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