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A moving road movie about two retired bus drivers, old Zhou and old Ge, who find themselves in the same retirement home and decide to escape for one final escapade with a gang of other senior citizens.
Shenzhen businessman, Da Ming, goes home to Beijing when he thinks his father has died. He finds his father hard at work at the family's bathhouse (the false message was a ruse of Da's mentally-handicapped, exuberant brother, Er Ming, to get Da home). Da stays a couple days, observing his father being social director, marriage counselor, and dispute mediator for his customers and a boon companion to Er. Da is caught between worlds: the decaying district of his childhood and the booming south where he now lives with a wife who's not met his family. When Da realizes his father's health is failing and the district is slated for razing, he must take stock of family and future. Written by
Sacrifice and soul as well as humor characterize this beautiful film.
I just returned from seeing "Xizhao" and am still under its soulful spell. How rare to see a film of this calibre, unafraid of tenderness and caring, but at the same time not maudlin or overtly heavy-handed...and particularly rare when this feeling is among men...in this case, a father and his two grown sons, one retarded, the other estranged and ambitious. How these relationships, and others, unfold, how one son's willing sacrifice brings deep humanity into the limited life of the other is a joy to behold. In among all these machinations there is delightful humor in and around the bathhouse setting. I recommend this film unreservedly.
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