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Ye Lou (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 September 2000 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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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6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Stylishly unconventional See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (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 
 
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(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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Stylishly unconventional, 5 February 2001
Author: Richard Attwood from Middlesbrough, England

Most of this film is shot directly from the point of view of the narrator, an unseen videographer who travels the titular river recording the myriad stories played out on its banks and vessels. Even the scenes in which he is not involved could well be his thoughts of events as he recounts what he has been told by others and it is this that is initially the most striking element of Suzhou River. It makes the viewer feel much more involved in the unfolding tale, although at times the rapid cuts and shaky camera are unnecessarily disorientating.

The narrator begins to tell us about his life - his job, his girlfriend Meimei who he obsessively videos and his fascination with the people of Suzhou River. But then this takes a back seat to his recounting of one of the many tales infamous within the community, of Mardar the motorcycle courier who is relentlessly searching the city for his lost love, Mudan. Her body was never found after she threw herself into the river from a bridge when Mardar was forced into kidnapping her by his gangland boss. But then this tragic story collides with our own narrator's as Mardar is convinced that he has finally found his long lost love and that she is Meimei. Obvious comparisons have been drawn to Vertigo's plot of a man undone by his lover's suicide and determined that he has found her again.

This debut feature from Chinese director Lou Ye benefits greatly from his unconventional style which seems to make the events more tangible. He portrays the river itself as a metaphor for life, its swirling eddies and undercurrents the many stories it keeps within its deep mysterious heart, with no effect on the mass flow of life, but turning the individual lives of those involved upside down. The parts of the film dealing with the burgeoning affections of Mardar and Mudan are excellent (particularly for Zhou Xin, who plays both of the two vastly different lead female roles equally well) , however I felt the events gathered pace a little too quickly towards the end, rushing the story of the narrator and Meimei in comparison to that of Mardar and Mudan. The result of this was an ending which seemed a tad abrupt and so the empathy for the narrator was not as heightened as it might have been, even with the great device of us seeing everything through his eyes. Despite this Suzhou River is a stylishly original tale who's depth and undercurrents make it stand out from the majority of the flotsam and jetsam our video stores carry.

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