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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 
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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 Academy in 2004.See more »
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5 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Cheesy melodrama that is supposedly China's best ever film, 20 July 2009
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Frequently voted China's greatest film ever by Chinese critics, as well as Chinese film enthusiasts from the outside, and, frankly, I don't get it at all. What I saw was one of the most generic melodramas imaginable, blandly directed and acted, with a complete shrew for a protagonist. Wei Wei (don't laugh) is that shrew, a young married woman who has suffered alongside her tubercular husband (Yu Shi) for the past several years. It is post WWII, and they live with the husband's teenage sister (Hongmei Zhang) in a dilapidated home with not much money (the man had been wealthy when they married). Along comes the husband's old best friend (Wei Li), who also used to be the wife's boyfriend when they were teens. She considers running away from her husband with this man, while the husband pretty much remains oblivious, thinking he may engage his little sister to his friend. That's the set-up, and it doesn't go anywhere you wouldn't expect it to. I've actually seen the remake, directed by Blue Kite director Zhuangzhuang Tian. It runs a half hour longer, and is actually kind of dull, too, but at least it was pretty. This supposed classic is pretty intolerable.

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