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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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To Have and Have Not 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)
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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:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Provided the band Xiu Xiu with its name.See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
To Have and Have Not, 31 July 1999
Author: lou-50 from Houston, Texas

Director Joan Chen has fashioned a lovely, slow-moving film, "Xiu Xiu - the Sent Down Girl" about the abuses of the Chinese Cultural Revolution seen through the eyes of one girl, Xiu Xiu. Yet the film is more than a tale about the misguided totalitarian state and its pervasive influence on everyone's lives. "Xiu Xiu" is also about a special relationship between the girl and her mentor and protector, Jao Lin. It would be an oversimplification to call it a love story because the film only hints at any romance between the two (Xiu Xiu spends much of the film in contempt of Jao). Indeed their contrasting lives could not be more pronounced. Jao Lin is a horse herder, a man of the soil, one who cleans himself when it rains, and a victim of a castration leaving him without his manhood. The much younger girl, Xiu Xiu, is from the modern city, doing her duty until she can return to her loving family and to a boy who yearns for her; she with the soft, innocent smile, and the daintiness to appreciate a kaleidoscope or a freshly dug waterhole. They must live together in one tent for six months because ‘headquarters' has mandated that Xiu Xiu learn horse herding. While adapting to each other's needs, Xiu Xiu seems to have the upper hand on Lao (she bosses him around like a hired hand) but there is a strange, intuitive feeling between them that is really not appreciated until the very last scene. As the story develops, six months have passed and Xiu Xiu still cannot return home because her family is too poor to bribe officials to take her back. At the heart of this film is the evil that those in power do to those who are too weak to fight them. Men from ‘headquarters' regularly have sex with Xiu Xiu, sometimes with the frustrated Lao in the same tent, since Xiu Xiu mistakenly assumes these men will help her get back home. All Lao can do is watch because even as he tries to protect Xiu Xiu in other ways, he is powerless to stop what is going on. What develops, slowly but surely, is another side of Lao, besides the father figure - he becomes a man who can touch but cannot possess what he wants. The latter is made clear when Lao steals Xiu Xiu's shoe and then lies to her that a man has come to steal her shoe so that he can return later to tell her of his love. "Xiu Xiu - the Sent Down Girl" succeeds in giving us a poignancy about innocence lost and about the deep meaning of sacrifice and love.

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