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Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)

Tian yu (original title)
Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Wenxiu (Xiu Xiu) (as Lu Lu)
Lopsang ...
Lao Jin
Zheng Qian ...
Li Chuanbei
Jie Gao ...
Mother
Qianqian Li ...
Sister
Yue Lü ...
Father
Qian Qiao ...
Chen Li
Cheng Jiang ...
Rider A
Xiaoyu Yang ...
Girl
Xuejun Gu ...
Rider B
Huzi ...
Hooligan
Zhizheng Li ...
Headquarter's Chief
Kun Zhang ...
Assistant
Shijin Li ...
Jeep Driver
Dong Jia ...
Yak Herder A
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Storyline

Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a Tibetan saddle tramp Lao Jin to learn horse herding. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sexual content | See all certifications »
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16 November 2000 (Hong Kong)  »

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Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,880, 9 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although the U.S. distributor claimed the film was banned in China for sexual and political content, the script was actually approved by the Chinese government. The film was only banned after the filmmakers decided not to wait for permits before shooting in Tibet (such permits are required for a film to receive official approval). See more »

Goofs

From 89:34 to 92:18, Xiu Xiu's right side hair is braided; from 92:30 on, her left side hair is braided instead. See more »

Connections

Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Water of Desire
Lyric by Johnny Chen
Performed by Chyi
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Beautifully executed, but with a slight flaw at ending
23 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was a truly beautiful film. Joan Chen has directed a movie of uncommon grace, beauty, and sensitivity. She has a subtle hand and an eye for imagery that are almost unrivaled in the movie industry. The two lead actors delivered flawless and engaging performances (and that saying quite a bit considering how little dialogue is exchanged). I really enjoyed watching these three masters displaying their craft.

My only reservation about this movie (here comes a vague plot give away, but it's about the end of the of the movie, so watch out) is that Xui Xui's reaction at the very, very end of the movie seemed psychologically inconsistent with how her character had been developed.


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