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Le palanquin des larmes (1987)

The story of three generations of a family in Shanghai against the backdrop of tumultuous times.


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Credited cast:
Jie Chen ...
Chow Chen Lie (child)
Zongying Huang ...
Judy Wang (as Huang Zhong Yin)
Wei Hi
Gao Junxia ...
Mei Ling
Gabriel Monnet ...
Henry O ...
Uncle King (as Jiang Xi Ren)
Adolescente (voice)
Yi Qing ...
Chow Chen Lie (adult)
Beulah Quo ...
Mme Chen
Tsong Hai
Ysé Tran
Huai-Qing Tu ...
Chow Ching Lie Adolescent
Yemang Zhou ...
Yu Wang (as Zhou Yiemang)


The story of three generations of a family in Shanghai against the backdrop of tumultuous times.

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4 May 1989 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wiege der Tränen  »

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The pianist (dvd)
8 April 2017 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

Another exotic movie that my parents picked up years ago that able me to travel now for free in my sofa. Here, in France, we have always considered China as dumb rice eaters, stupid communists and faraway behind the prestigious French who have nearly created everything for the world! However when you got to China, you realize that you have the oldest civilization in the world, with amazing artists and artisans, filled with as much brilliant philosophers and awful politics than in France! So for sure, things are different but being different is not an error! The movie starts like Empire of the Sun, with Japanese in Shanghai during WWII with the same rock bridge and square! The story is a moving story between a father and his daughter: the actresses for the daughter are particularly excellent. It's funny to see that the movie has all french cinema flaws: characters thinking alone, long tedious shoots of background... So the movie rhythm is all broken and uselessly long. With more cuts, it would have been a classic and regarding my introduction, it's ironic that the family settles finally in ... Paris!

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