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7 September 2000 (Hong Kong) See more »
The river Suzhou that flows through Shanghai is a reservoir of filth, chaos and poverty, but also a meeting place for memories and secrets... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Xun Zhou ... Meimei/Moudan

Hongshen Jia ... Mardar
Zhongkai Hua ... Lao B.

Anlian Yao ... Boss
Nai An ... Xiao Hong

Directed by
Ye Lou 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ye Lou  screenplay

Produced by
Nai An .... producer
Takashi Asai .... associate producer
Philippe Bober .... producer
Jian Wei Han .... associate producer (as Wei Han Jian)
Susanne Martin .... associate producer
Brock Norman Brock .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jörg Lemberg 
Cinematography by
Yu Wang 
Film Editing by
Karl Riedl 
Art Direction by
Zhuoyi Li 
Makeup Department
Xuemin Wang .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Lehun .... post-production supervisor
Yongling Wu .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Xiaorui Mao .... assistant director
Sound Department
Kang Fu .... sound editor
Martin Steyer .... sound supervisor
Peijun Xu .... sound
Other crew
Franz Rodenkirchen .... dramatic advisor

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Also Known As:
"Suzhou he" - Germany (original title)
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83 min
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Chinese director Lou Ye has made a classic film which makes extensive use of video !!!!, 22 March 2015
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from Paris, France

Chinese film "Suzhou River" is a dramatic tale about a poor courier boy's love for a rich business man's daughter. It describes in detail how and why this relationship soured due to one of the partner's selfish motives. The use of Suzhou river is highly symbolic in this film. It helps viewers to identify the lovers' destinies which are inextricably linked to each other's fate. For this film, Chinese director Lou Ye has made an extensive use of video. This film was shot in year 2000, a time when any ordinary person interested in cinema in mainland China was forced to watch classics of cinema on bootleg video cassettes. It is also important to note that in "Suzhou River" the development of love story happens within the scope of customs of Chinese culture. Although there are some intimate scenes between young lovers but there is absolutely no scope for any kind of nudity even when the director wishes to depict scenes of physical relationship between two lovers. Suzhou River does not have any political stance associated with it. It appears to be honest in its depiction of the criminal milieu in China but doesn't make any value judgments about it. It would be remembered as a romantic film which has professionally mixed elements of suspense film genre.

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