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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 
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(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 Academy in 2004.See more »
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
For the sake of Romance, 19 June 2006
Author: Jacky Lai from Hong Kong

For Romance's sake, as a married man. The following two films are recommended.

1. Brief Encounter by David Lean (1945), UK

Well, when a woman goes to a railway station, something may happen. And it happened! How she longed to be there, in a little tavern waiting for the man of her dreams. But she was married... the man was a stranger to the fantasizing woman

2. Xiao Cheng Zhi Chun by Fei Mu (1948), China

Well, when a woman goes to the market to buy fish, grocery and medicine, passing through the ruins of an ancient wall in a small town, there is much to think about, about the melancholy of her life, her sick husband in self-pity and lack of future...Just when a jubilant young doctor arrived, something happened... the doctor was a high school honey of the fantasizing woman

In both movies, from great directors of UK and China, the passion vs restraint was so intense, yet in the end the intimate feelings had not developed into any physical contacts. That leaves you with a great after-taste, sniffing it intensely without biting it.

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