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Director:
Writers:
Wei Lu (screenplay)
Hua Yu (novel)
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Release Date:
December 1994 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful, painfully heartbreaking. See more (84 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

You Ge ... Xu Fugui

Li Gong ... Xu Jiazhen
Ben Niu ... Town Chief
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xiao Cong
Deng Fei ... Xu Youqing
Tao Guo ... Chunsheng
Zongluo Huang ... Fu Gui's dad
Wu Jiang ... Wan Erxi
Tianchi Liu ... Xu Fengxia, as an adult
Zhang Lu
Dahong Ni ... Long'er
Yan Su
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Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wei Lu  screenplay
Hua Yu  novel
Hua Yu  screenplay

Produced by
Fu-Sheng Chiu .... producer
Funhong Kow .... producer
Christophe Tseng .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jiping Zhao 
 
Cinematography by
Yue Lü 
 
Film Editing by
Yuan Du 
 
Art Direction by
Juiping Cao 
 
Production Management
Pingan Wang .... production manager
Zhenyan Zhang .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Jing Tao .... sound
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Huo zhe" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
125 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
This film is banned in China. However, there are a number of pirate copies you can buy on the street.See more »
Quotes:
Little Bun:[playing with chickens] When will they grow up?
Xu Jiazhen:Very soon.
Little Bun:And then?
Xu Fugui:And then... the chickens will turn into geese... and the geese will turn into sheep... and the sheep will turn into oxen.
Little Bun:And after the oxen?
Xu Fugui:After oxen...
Xu Jiazhen:After oxen, Little Bun will grow up.
Little Bun:I want to ride on an ox's back.
Xu Jiazhen:You will ride on an ox's back.
Xu Fugui:Little Bun won't ride on an ox... he'll ride trains and planes... and life will get better and better.
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Referenced in The Safety in Rubber (2007)See more »

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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, painfully heartbreaking., 21 December 1999
Author: Peter Chung (petec-2) from Sunnyvale, Ca

I think most of us can watch Freddy Krueger rip people apart and barely flinch. Not that Nightmare on Elm Street is a bad film, it never inflicts pain on the viewer.

But this film is so beautiful and so real, that it's unbearably heartbreaking at times. Every time I watch it, and I know a particular heartbreaking scene is coming up, I almost want to turn it off, but I'm just frozen in place, forced to experience the pain of the people on screen, that I've traveled three decades with. Zhang's understanding of the people of China, and the tragedy of history is full of empathy, respect, and adoration. In every scene, Gong Li embodies strength and beauty. Zhang's study of communism and of the Chinese government, isn't a villifying one sided argument, but one with complete understanding of the tragedy of this huge social experiment, that effected not only China, but the whole world.

As a Korean American, I draw some appreciation at the parallel effects on Communism on Korea. Mao-Kim, Taiwan-SouthKorea. But this is a truly universal movie, and anyone would enjoy it.

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One of the ten great films ever jrl0726
How did Fengxia die?? its-hard-to-explain
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