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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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Awards:
7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"We're standing on a platform and we're waiting." 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 
 
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 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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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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Certification:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Features Awaara (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
Nianqing de pengyou lai xiang hui (Young friends to meet)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"We're standing on a platform and we're waiting.", 22 November 2007
Author: zolaaar from Berlin, GER

It's an epical, relaxed, meandering, beautiful, rich, etc. laconic time portrayal of China's cultural history in the 80s, based on the fate of a theatre company. The protagonists are mostly "twen slackers" who wait for the artistic breakthrough, and director Jia follows their lives in mostly aloof, breathing tableaux. What in today's cinema Hou Hsiao-hsien achieves for space and Béla Tarr for time, is combined in here, without directly referring to both of them. Here, horrible tragedies (a divorce lacking any emotions) take place as well as not less horrible comedies (the mine workers contract: "Death and accident are acts of destiny. The firm will not take any responsibility."), but everything seems to be straightly taken from real life. The title 'Platform' alone already indicates the oddly depressing tone of the film. The desperate waiting, eternally postponed by short changes of perspective as a fundamental experience of a whole era. "We're standing on the platform and we're still waiting, waiting." Although, the film is set in the 80s, 'Platform' also brilliantly and perfectly captures the mood at the end of the 20th century: a rampant epos of never realised chances and daily travail. The film of the new millennium.

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