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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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7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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brilliant chronicle of two decades of economic liberalization See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (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 
 
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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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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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Bianjiang de quanshui qing you chun (Frontier springs flow clear and pure)See more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
brilliant chronicle of two decades of economic liberalization, 28 May 2002
Author: bobbie-16 from alphaville

Platform ("Stage" might be a better translation)shows us the lives of a troupe of actors as China went from Maoism to markets, from 1980 to the 1990s. The treatment is sardonic and distant; we rarely see anyone in a closeup, and the point of view is as critical of liberalization (embodied in bad rock and go-go dancing) as it is of the cult of Mao (performed in the hilarious socialist-patriotic opera at the beginning of the movie). As Fassbinder said of the movies of Douglas Sirk, material objects--a brick wall, a pile of boards, a marketful of cheap clothing, bowls of noodles, embroidered slipcovers, copies of bellbottom pants, a truck, etc.--are at the center of the mise en scene, appropriately so, since the story is indeed about material changes. In fact the movie bears a lot of resemblance to Fassbinder's Marriage of Maria Braun, as both trace growing prosperity, consumerism, and personal alienation through a sequence of rooms, houses, relationships, and home furnishings. Provincial China moves from dirt, scarcity, and collectivism to a modest supply of consumer goods and more individual freedom/insecurity. This historical movement is intertwined with the characters' aging from their teens to middle age. There is no appreciable increase in human joy and happiness, nor a marked decrease either. This cold, distant treatment will not please some viewers.

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