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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...

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zhongyuan Liu ...
Old Master
Lei Huang ...
Shitou
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Lanxiu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ling Ma ...
Noodle stall owner's wife
Erga Yao ...
Retarded man at noodle stall
Jinzhan Zhang ...
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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Life on a String  »

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Imagine Werner Herzog reincarnated as a Chinese director
3 April 2006 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"Life on a String" (Chinese, 1991): Asian symbols often slip right past this very non-Asian man, but I can say a few things that others might be able to use from their Euro-North American point of view: Imagine German film director Werner Herzog being reincarnated as a Chinese film director. He decides to create a story that has links to both the story of Jesus of Nazareth, and Romeo & Juliet, but remains embedded in the Chinese sensibility of myths, symbols, religion, and morality tales. This is a BEAUTIFUL film with many unexpected moments…but don't expect to work your way through this one all alone, without research, or after one viewing.


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