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Xiangsheng Shi (writer)
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Release Date:
30 October 1999 (South Korea) See more »
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Plot:
In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
17 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Literally determination personified - Even one cannot be less See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Minzhi Wei ... Wei Minzhi
Huike Zhang ... Zhang Huike
Zhenda Tian ... Village Chief
Enman Gao ... Teacher Gao
Zhimei Sun ... Sun Zhimei
Yuying Feng ... TV Receptionist
Fanfan Li ... TV Host
Yichang Zhang ... Mr Zhang, instructor
Zhanqing Xu ... Brick factory owner
Hanzhi Liu ... Zhang Huike's mother
Ma Guolin ... Bus station man
Wu Wanlu ... TV station manager
Liu Ru ... Train station announcer
Wang Shulan ... Stationery store clerk
Fu Xinmin ... TV station director
Mei Bai ... Manager, Juxin Restaurant
Mingshan Zhang ... Student
Jiao Jie ... Student
Rong Huimin ... Student
Sun Zhiwei ... Student
Ming Xinhong ... Student
Tian Xuewei ... Student
Li Mel ... Student
Lingyu Li ... Student

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Xiangsheng Shi  writer

Produced by
Weiping Zhang .... executive producer
Yu Zhao .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bao San 
 
Cinematography by
Yong Hou 
 
Film Editing by
Ru Zhai 
 
Production Design by
Juiping Cao 
 
Costume Design by
Huamiao Tong 
 
Production Management
Xiaofeng Hu .... production manager
Zhenyan Zhang .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dong Xie .... assistant director
Te Ya .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lala Wu .... sound
 
Editorial Department
Stew Markel .... telecine assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Yi ge dou bu neng shao" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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Yimou insisted on capturing natural reactions from the amateur actors. To achieve this, he often used hidden cameras and microphones. This resulted in a film-shot to film-used ratio of 35 to 1. Normally, because of cost, the ratio should be 3.5 to 1. However, because the film was shot on 16mm (an later blown up to 35mm), the price was about the same because of the cheaper film stock.See more »
Quotes:
TV Host:Do you like the city?
Zhang Huike:Yes.
TV Host:What is good about it?
Zhang Huike:The city is beautiful and prosperous. Much better than the country.
TV Host:What's the most lasting impression?
Zhang Huike:That I had to beg for food. I will always remember that.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Literally determination personified - Even one cannot be less, 30 May 2000
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

This is the depiction of a true story with the two lead characters performed by the actual person: Wei Minzhi, 13 year old young girl who is a substitute for the village teacher, and Zhang Huike, 11 year old young boy who left school to go to the city to find work to pay for family debt.

It is DERTERMINATION personified. She is one young lady who's not worried about her looks or other people's criticism. She is truly one track minded to find the lost student and to bring him home back to the village, and does not care if others are curt with her, or impolite; she's just very focused on achieving what she came to the city for - to get Zhang Huike back to the village school - no matter what it takes!

Simple setting. Poor village, city hustles. Children interactions/reactions are always a joy to watch. Lead character is devoid of guile and her stubborn determination is direct and innocent. The hesitation in her speech, her pause and silence held her own. Her performance is guileless - plainly so - that's how precious the performance is. An occasional smile is not easy to detect, as she is so engrossed in her mission; the continuous smile towards the end is well earned. There is magic after all.

This is a rare gem from director Zhang Yimou, quite a different flavor from his film collaborations with heaven-sent leading lady Gong Li.

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