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Platform (2000) More at IMDbPro »Zhantai (original title)


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Release Date:
2 August 2001 (Netherlands) See more »
Set in Fenyang, Shanxi Province, the film focuses on a group of amateur theatre troupe performers whose... See more » | Add synopsis »
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7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Hongwei Wang ... Minliang

Tao Zhao ... Ruijuan
Jing Dong Liang ... Chang Jun
Tian-yi Yang ... Zhong Pin
Bo Wang ... Yao Eryong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sanming Han ... Sanming

Directed by
Zhangke Jia 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zhangke Jia 

Produced by
Keung Chow .... associate producer
Joël Farges .... co-producer
Juliette Grandmont .... co-producer
Shôzô Ichiyama .... producer (as Shozo Ichiyama)
Elise Jalladeau .... co-producer
Kit Ming Li .... producer
Masayuki Mori .... executive producer
Nelson Lik-wai Yu .... associate producer (as Yu Lik Wai)
Original Music by
Yoshihiro Hanno 
Cinematography by
Nelson Lik-wai Yu  (as Yu Lik Wai)
Film Editing by
Jinlei Kong  (as Jing Lei Kong)
Art Direction by
Sheng Qiu 
Costume Design by
Lei Qi 
Xiafei Zhao 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Crystal Gong Chun .... assistant director (as Gong Chun)
Gu Zheng .... assistant director
Sound Department
Yang Zhang .... sound mixer

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Also Known As:
"Zhantai" - Hong Kong (original title)
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154 min | Italy:193 min (Venice Film Festival) | Japan:185 min (Tokyo FILMeX 2000) | Taiwan:190 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Argentina:13 | France:U | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:13 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2001 (#06)See more »
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References Spring in a Small Town (1948)See more »
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A strangly distant experience, 19 July 2003
Author: jandesimpson from United Kingdom

"Zhantai" has so many of the features I have admired from recent Oriental masterworks such as " A Brighter Summer Day", "Eureka" and "City of Sadness" that I will have to find some justification for considering it ultimately so much less satisfying. Like these others it succeeds in creating a complete world of its own that, because it is so remote from Western experience, exerts a fascination that is hard to forget. We are in Fenyang a small town somewhere West of Beijing, where flat plains give way to craggy, uninviting mountains. The time is the early 1980s when strict Maoist ideology was about to give way to a period of consumer liberalisation. A group of young actor-singer- dancers employed by the state to remind provincial audiences of the principles of Mao through the medium of stage entertainment are about to see their world fall victim to the progress of private enterprise, when no longer needed for government propaganda. What was once a captive audience turns fickle, often rejecting outright the new form of pop culture they are offered. The irony is that progress in this context brings disillusionment resulting in a group of friends drifting away from their close initial camaraderie. By the time the film ends their future looks far from confident. Both thematically and atmospherically "Zhantai" has the potential for great cinema. Why then after two viewings in quick succession do I find its sense of communication so elusive and uninvolving? The answer must lie in the way the director seems to distant his characters from their audience. We never get closer to them than a middle shot. In a film where the close-up is as rigorously excluded from cinematic grammar as camera movement from the later work of Ozu, the characters' everyday lives seem to be presentad as an extension of their existance on stage to the extent that we are often left to guess at their feelings and emotions. I have written before of how fascinated I am to respond to the demands of directors such as Edward Yang and Hou Xiaoxian to connect with characters and situations when given the barest information. Director Jia Zhangke is obviously aiming at their oblique narrative style but somehow gives so little that by the end I felt I knew much more about the topography of Fenyang than of the characters that live there. For a film about the effect of historical change on individuals to be completely successful it needs to be the other way round.

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