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Director:
Writers:
Shangjun Cai (writer)
Yi'nan Diao (writer)
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Release Date:
6 April 2000 (Netherlands) See more »
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Plot:
Shenzhen businessman, Da Ming, goes home to Beijing when he thinks his father has died. He finds his... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
17 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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CNN Picks All Time Asian Best, Do We Agree?
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Another stealth drama? See more (46 total) »

Cast

 
Jiayi Du
Bing He ... He Zeng
Wu Jiang ... Er Ming
Ding Li ... Master Lin
Cunxin Pu ... Da Ming
Xu Zhu ... Master Liu

Directed by
Yang Zhang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shangjun Cai  writer
Yi'nan Diao  writer
Xin Huo  writer
Fendou Liu  writer
Yang Zhang  writer

Produced by
Sam Duann .... executive producer
Peter Loehr .... producer
 
Original Music by
Xiaogang Ye 
 
Cinematography by
Jian Zhang 
 
Film Editing by
Hongyu Yang 
 
Art Direction by
Meng Tian 
 
Sound Department
Qizhen Lai .... sound
 

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Also Known As:
"Xizao" - China (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language and nudity
Runtime:
92 min
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32 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Another stealth drama?, 9 October 2000
Author: jonr-3 from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

On the basis of the preview I'd seen, I went to "Shower" expecting a sweet little comedy; what I found was a profoundly touching drama of family life told in some of the most lush photographic images I've ever been privileged to see. In addition, later reflection made me appreciate the abrupt cuts to scenes from the past (in the arid countryside of Northern China, and in the high plain of Tibet): isn't this how memory often works? One moment I'm here, the next I'm in a landscape from the past, just like that....

I would not only strongly recommend this film, I would place it among the two or three finest films I've seen in my 60 years.

By the way, a couple of years ago another Asian "comedy" was released in the United States as "Shall We Dance?" (Japanese). Just as with "Shower," the preview gave not the slightest indication of the depth of that film, which turned out to be a subtle psychological study (albeit chock full of funny moments). Is there a fear, on the part of distributors, of making films appear too "important" or "deep" to appeal to U. S. viewers?

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