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2 August 2001 (Netherlands) See more »
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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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6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Hongwei Wang ... Minliang

Tao Zhao ... Ruijuan
Jing Dong Liang ... Chang Jun
Tian-yi Yang ... Zhong Pin
Bo Wang ... Yao Eryong
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Sanming Han ... Sanming
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Directed by
Zhangke Jia 
 
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Zhangke Jia 

Produced by
Keung Chow .... associate producer
Joël Farges .... co-producer
Juliette Grandmont .... co-producer
Shozo Ichiyama .... producer
Elise Jalladeau .... co-producer
Kit Ming Li .... producer
Masayuki Mori .... executive producer
Nelson Yu Lik-wai .... associate producer (as Yu Lik Wai)
 
Original Music by
Yoshihiro Hanno 
 
Cinematography by
Nelson Yu Lik-wai  (as Yu Lik Wai)
 
Film Editing by
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zhantai" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Runtime:
154 min | Italy:193 min (Venice Film Festival) | Japan:185 min (Tokyo FILMeX 2000) | Taiwan:190 min
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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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Director 'Jia Zhangke' has said that he prefers the shorter, more widely-seen version of his film to the first three-hour version, which was completed under duress.See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The runaway youth, 5 February 2007
Author: arcnile from Shanghai, China

This is Jia's best film ever. I watched it twice. I was deeply touched twice by its poignant delineation of a bleak and still town in the 80's in Shanxi province, China. It seems nothing is changing in that nearly forgotten town. But with the collapse of Maoism and the influence of reforming in the country, the people there, especially those youngsters, are changing. They were like struggling in a very slow-moving turmoil, desires so much to change their lives but yet so helpless and knowing nothing about how to do it. They drifted away from there initial purposes, their friendship, and their love.

The cello appears 3 times during the whole film, which is almost heartbreaking. They were running towards the train, but the train just ran away. And gradually, you forgot what you've been chasing when you were young, you don't care about those inspiring songs like 'In the field of hopes' which is a symbol of those old days. Life always keeps moving on, like the brick of those ancient walls of Fenyang ever exists.

There are so many retrospective 'cultural reminders' in this film, e.g. those old songs, costumes, literal expressions, furniture and behaviors that bring you back to that time. I would say, if a western audience appreciate this film, he will appreciate double if he were Chinese, and even more.

Bravo, Jia Zhangke. The Chinese cinema is now filled with Hollywood-style huge investment martial art shitt and he is among the rare ones who are decent filmmakers.

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