MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,469 this week

Keep Cool (1997)
"You hua hao hao shuo" (original title)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 1,072 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 3 critic

China, the 1990s. A young bookseller is in love with a woman. The woman is now with another guy, a rich man. The rich man sends his people to beat the bookseller. In the fight, the laptop ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 11 Jan 2011
 
a list of 50 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 01 Oct 2013
 
a list of 6727 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 39 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Keep Cool" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Keep Cool (1997)

Keep Cool (1997) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Keep Cool.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Director: Wen Jiang
Stars: Yu Xia, Xiaogang Feng, Le Geng
Da wan (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Yankie director Don Tyler faces mounting insecurity and declining health while on location in Beijing, so his assistant hires down-and-out camerman YoYo to take the reins. Scrambling, ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Rosamund Kwan, Paul Mazursky
Hai zi wang (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This film is adapted from the novel of Ah Cheng. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976),

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Yuan Xie, Xuewen Yang, Shaohua Chen
Yellow Earth (1984)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue, Quiang Liu
Hero (2002)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung
Sorry Baby (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: Biao Fu, You Ge, Tongsheng Han
Cell Phone (2003)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: You Ge, Bingbing Fan, Tongsheng Han
Qin yong (1990)
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

China 3000 years ago. It's the time of the Qin dynasty. The emperor seeks immortality by busily letting his alchemists search for a formula and building the famous terracotta army from the ... See full summary »

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Yimou Zhang, Li Gong, Rongguang Yu
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Four friends come up with an unusual idea to make some money and have fun doing it. For a small fee, they will impersonate and act out any character role for their customers. In the course ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: You Ge, Xiaogang Feng, Ah-Wei
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jiang Wen stars in his third directorial work that boasts a stellar cast including Joan Chen, Anthony Wong and Jaycee Chan. A polyptych of interconnected stories in different time-zones, ... See full summary »

Director: Wen Jiang
Stars: Wen Jiang, Joan Chen, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Qin Fen, a funny, honest, single inventor, met a girl called Smiley, who was in agony of her boyfriend's betrayal. They traveled to Hokkaido, tried to help Smiley cure her pain in heart, ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: You Ge, Qi Shu, Xiao Che
Zhong Guo tie lu (TV Movie 2011)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Director: Yimou Zhang
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Policeman
...
Bookseller
Gang Jiao
Baotian Li ...
Lao Zhang
...
Taxi Driver
Guanhua Liang ...
Bar Boss
Ying Qu ...
An Hong
Tian Tian ...
Waitress (as Xiaohua Chen)
Yong You
...
Junk-peddler
...
Poet reader
Edit

Storyline

China, the 1990s. A young bookseller is in love with a woman. The woman is now with another guy, a rich man. The rich man sends his people to beat the bookseller. In the fight, the laptop computer from a man looking at the scene gets broken. Who will pay for the computer? The bookseller wants revenge. Will it be useful? The bookseller and the laptop owner are from different ages and classes. They are two different points of view, two different Chinas. How will they fight for justice? Written by Dul <dpueyos@itpsp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

29 December 1997 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Keep Cool  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The most underrated Zhang Yimou film
8 February 2009 | by (Singapore Film Society) – See all my reviews

I'm a fan of Zhang Yimou and finally found this DVD title from the shelves of a Shenzhen bookstore after a long search at many places.

This is a huge departure from previous Zhang Yimou work, esp in terms of style and locale. The director himself has said that this is the first and only time he'll ever attempt to make a black comedy set in contemporary China. You may even say this work is experimental in nature, compared to his other well known big budget and formal pieces.

Filmed with a hand-held camera and wide angle lens throughout the duration of the whole film, the quick pace editing and high energy performance & naturalistic tone never let you go once it grips you from the start. It presents a very realistic account of modern Chinese urban sensibilities, which in this case is set in Beijing. If you appreciate and love this kind of black humor, you will love this film totally. Also look out for hilarious cameos by Zhao Benshan (Happy Times)and the director Zhang Yimou himself.

A last point of note: I find the characters in this film, as in all other Zhang Yimou films, exhibiting similar personality traits - stubbornness, always trying to beat the odds & up the ante. Do let me know your thoughts on this.

David Lee


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
GREAT MOVIE¡¡¡ANYBODY GOT MORE??? zatoichihanzo-1
I NEED VHS or DVD of this movie... please help amandasucar
Pulled From Cannes by Chinese Govt prionx87
Only the best Chinese movie ever fangpiminator
Discuss Keep Cool (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?