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Following WWII and with China brought to it's knees by the actions of the Japanese, prior to the rise of the Communists... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Chaoming Cui ... Lao Huang
Wei Li ... Zhang Zhichen
Yu Shi ... Dai Liyan
Wei Wei ... Zhou Yuwen
Hongmei Zhang ... Meimei

Directed by
Mu Fei 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tianji Li  writer

Original Music by
Yijun Huang 
Cinematography by
Shengwei Li 
Production Design by
Ning Che 
Dexiong Zhu 

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Also Known As:
"Xiao cheng zhi chun" - China (original title)
"Springtime in a Little Town" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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98 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Voted the best Chinese-language film of all time by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society in 2002.See more »
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Spring in a small town, 1 July 2014
Author: akupm from United Kingdom

In my mind, the film had a wonderful visual, such as stylish costumes, well footage countryside, realistic production designing done by Ning Che and Dexiong Zhu and Shengewe Li's decent monochrome cinematography. I did not like the camera fading into black because it looked dull to me. The moving image made the setting look natural: the damaged bricks,reflective lakes,smooth grass, you name it. Shengewe Li's Chiaroscuro was well skilled because it made me feel like I staring into a historical painting.

To add, I enjoyed listening to the clever sound effects because it made me feel engaged with Mu Fei directed piece of art. There were only two or three songs but it sounded beautiful like stage opera.

In addition, the storyline travelled through relationships and consequences after the Chinese civil war between Kaishek's Nationalists and Mao's Communist's. As an audience, it made me feel like I could moderately empathise with the characters who adapted from the horrific battle between those two parties.

I will give the motion picture a 7/10 for its creative piece that is based on a short story by Li Tiana.

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