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Writer:
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 »
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A delightful story See more (72 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
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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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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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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A delightful story, 4 February 2002
Author: Keith F. Hatcher from La Rioja, Spain

It might be a good idea to show this film in all schools in the `civilised' world! This is, anyway, a delightful story for all the family, hugely enjoyable, simply and lovingly told, and with just the most marvellous little Chinese girl imaginable! She has to stand in for the local schoolmaster who very definitely must go and visit his mother who is ill and dying. He leaves her in the middle of about twenty kids only a couple of years younger than herself to get on with the job as best she can, so as to earn 50 yuan in a school which is falling apart.

Now you might think that such a building could not possibly be a schoolhouse in remote rural China, or anywhere else. I assure you I have seen such schools – and not in such remote areas – in Indonesia, India, Afghanistan and in what was Portuguese Timor. Even here in Spain, in rural villages high up in the sierras, my wife has worked in schools in little villages where either the floorboards were rotting under her feet in front of the blackboard, or the plumbing did not work, or the lights did not switch on when you wanted them to, or the wood-burning stove in the middle of the room gave off billows of smoke so that you had to open the windows – with 10ºC below zero outside, or the window panes had no putty in them, and so on. And this, only a few years ago, in a modern, civilised European country.

Minzhi Wei playing the part of Wei Minzhi, who is herself with her own name (in Chinese the surname is put first) is a thirteen year old who will never make it to Hollywood, but is just the most beautiful school mistress you could imagine! I will not say anything about the story: you can see it for yourself. This young girl had to do it all – she is barely ever off the screen.

Yimou Zhang has given us a little gem, a beautiful story, with such wonderful participation by all those children, as well as the fine photography and Bao San's occasional accompanying music.

How nice to see a lovely story so naturally told! Can't we do things like this in Europe and the USA without it being all violence or overladen commercialism for the hungry masses? Can't we tell a real human story without all the technological special effects? Can't we make honest cinema……….?

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