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Director:
Writers:
Joan Chen (writer)
Geling Yan (novel)
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Release Date:
29 April 1999 (Singapore) See more »
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Plot:
Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
12 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
A beautiful and brutal film See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Xiaolu Li ... 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
Huri ... Holligan
Zhizhung Lik ... Headquarter's Chief
Kun Zhang ... Assistant
Shijin Li ... Jeep Driver
Dong Jia ... Yak Herder A
Yu Wang ... Yak Herder B (as Wang Yue)
Qiang Gao ... Peddler
Xuelan Cao ... Honey Dealer
Wenyuan Qin ... Motorcycle Man
Xiaoying Tan ... Tractor Man
Zhong Lu ... Belt Man
Wenqi Hu ... Janitor
Yayu Li ... Nurse A
Min Du ... Nurse B
Jiong Cao ... Three Toes
Dashui Jia ... Patient A
Yu Chen ... Patient B
Luoyong Wang ... Narrator (voice)
Xiaolin Yu ... Jeep Driver Voice (voice)

Directed by
Joan Chen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joan Chen  writer
Geling Yan  novel "Tian Yu"
Geling Yan  screenplay

Produced by
Wai-Chung Chan .... producer (as Alice Chan)
Joan Chen .... executive producer
Joan Chen .... producer
Allison Liu .... executive producer
Cecile Shah Tsuei .... executive producer
Ruby Yang .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Chen 
 
Cinematography by
Yue Lü 
 
Film Editing by
Ruby Yang 
 
Production Design by
Lai Pan 
 
Art Direction by
Sai-Wan Lau 
 
Costume Design by
Lai Pan 
 
Makeup Department
Xiaomei Min .... hair stylist
Xiaomei Min .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tom Bullock .... post-production supervisor
Ye Fan .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
He Shi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ping Feng .... set constructor
Jianhua Gao .... props manager
Zhihua Gao .... second assistant props
Hai Liu .... third assistant props
Weiguo Liu .... set constructor
Cheng Qin .... art department consultant
Zhiliang Wang .... first assistant props
Ming Yao .... set constructor
 
Sound Department
Jay Boekelheide .... sound designer
Frank Canonica .... supervising sound recordist: mix stage
Christopher Emerson .... sound assistant
Stephen Hart .... foley mixer
Gooning Mo .... assistant sound
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist (as Margio Malley)
Dan Olmsted .... sound re-recording mixer
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Rinella .... adr mixer
Zhanshan Yang .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Hinton .... film opticals
Bruce Miller .... film opticals
Bruce Walters .... digital visual effects
Ginny Walters .... digital visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jie Chen .... third assistant camera
Michael Chin .... camera operator: second unit
Zhegnjun Duan .... second assistant camera
Jiebin Fan .... camera operator
Dahai Li .... first assistant camera
Tiande Li .... electrician
Zhilan Liku .... electrician
Carter Tomassi .... camera operator: titles (as Carter Thomassi)
Jingrei Wen .... best boy
Fusen Xu .... generator operator
Jianyun Yao .... gaffer
Yong Ye .... video operator
Diansheng Zhou .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Xuelan Cao .... wardrobe assistant
Xiao Xi .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Angela Chou .... negative cutter
Axel Geddes .... assistant editor
Lauren E. Himmel .... assistant editor: avid
Jim Kallett .... assistant editor
Celia Pan .... assistant editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Kevin Zimmerman .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Cary Belling .... orchestrator
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Junming Gong .... driver: generator
 
Other crew
Chris Barden .... script translator: English language version
Guangping Cai .... production coordinator
Eileen Chow .... subtitle consultant: English language version
Shixiong Deng .... assistant production coordinator
Baodi Fei .... body double
Jie Gao .... script supervisor
Jakob Nielsen .... title designer: English language version
Lawrence A. Walker .... script translator: English language version
Qifeng Yang .... facility maintenance
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tian yu" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Heavenly Bath" - International (English title) (literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content
Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Provided the band Xiu Xiu with its name.See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful and brutal film, 20 June 2002
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

Joan Chen, who has had a modest career as an actress in American films and TV, makes her directorial debut here in this brutal, poignant and beautiful Mandarin language film. Starring Lu Lu as Xiu Xiu, a teenaged girl from the city sent to the country during Mao's cultural revolution, and Lopsang as Lao Jin, a castrated Tibetan nomad who is to teach her horse husbandry, Tian yu is not so much an indictment of communist China as it is an indictment of human nature. Xiu Xiu is brutalized by small-minded bureaucratic males as has happened throughout human history, be they communist or feudal, her innocence and youth traded for an apple, her buoyant hope for life dashed by blind political and economic forces, and her self-respect stolen from her by the twisted logic of rape and lust.

What elevates this story above what we have seen many times before is the striking beauty of the Tibetan countryside and the fine characterizations of both Xiu Xiu and Lao Jin. Lao Jin is a "gelding," made fun of by others, a man of quiet disposition who falls in love with his beautiful young charge, but stands aside because of his impotence. Xiu Xiu has an imperial nature natural to favored girls everywhere, be they Japanese "princesses" or American "valley girls," a nature very well depicted by the script and very well acted out by Lu Lu, whose delicate beauty and spicy temperament clash well with Lao Jin's Taoist stoicism. At one point he remarks wisely that "every place is the same," meaning of course that it is what we bring to the place that really matters. But his wisdom is completely lost on the teenaged girl who wants and needs society and all that it has to offer. And so, the underlying "love affair" between the two can never be...except...as it is in the end.

Lopsang's performance is entirely convincing and Lu Lu is fascinating to watch. Joan Chen did a fine job with both of them while managing to keep politics and political agendas in the background. She concentrated on the human tragedy and made it universal. Both of her central characters had flaws that in some way led to the great sadness that they experienced, and yet they were not to blame. In this naturalistic expression we are reminded of the tragedies of novelists Thomas Hardy and Theodore Dreiser; and of course Chen was influenced by the work of Chinese director Zhang Yimou, in particular his sad, but captivating Raise the Red Lantern (1991) in which a beautiful girl is consumed and brutalized by societal forces of a different nature.

This film misses being a masterpiece because of a hurried resolution leading to an ending that needed a bit more shaping. Nonetheless this is an arresting and compelling drama, beautifully filmed and sensitively directed.

But be forewarned. "Celestial Bath" is a disturbing film not easily shaken from the mind.

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