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A lonely housewife finds her monotonous life altered when her childhood sweetheart returns to town. Full summary » | 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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Voted the best Chinese-language film of all time by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society in 2002.See more »
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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Nice story., 11 September 2009
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This is a nice little movie with a nice story, that plays the most important role in the entire movie.

It's a quite intriguing dramatic story, with also romance present in it. The story is being told slowly but this works out all too well for its build up. The characters are nice and portrayed nicely by its actors. Normally I'm not a too big fan of the Asian acting style but the acting in this movie was simply good.

Of course the movie is quite different in its approach and style from other genre movies, produced in the west. In a way this movie is more advanced already with its approach than the western movies made during the same era.

I only wished the movie its visual style would had been a bit better. For a movie that is considered a kind of an art-house movie this movie is certainly lacking in some well looking sequences. This was obviously a quite cheap movie to make and it got made quite generically. Not that this is a bad thing, it just prevent this movie from truly distinct itself and raising itself above the genre.

But oh well, this movie is all about its well constructed story and characters that are in it. In that regard this movie most certainly does not disappoint.


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