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Quitting (2001)
"Zuotian" (original title)

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An actor becomes increasingly introverted and psychotic and his entire family attempts to intervene.

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Credited cast:
Xiuling Chai ...
Hongshen's mother
Fengsen Jia ...
Hongshen's father
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Hongshen
Tong Wang ...
Hongshen's sister
Shun Xing ...
Jia's roommate
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In the early 1990s, Hongshen Jia, then in his mid twenties and based in Beijing, was considered one of the most promising of the emerging actors in China, with several movie and television roles to his credit. However, self doubt in his acting abilities coupled with an emerging drug problem, especially with heroin, led to him deciding to quit acting. Instead, he spent his time solely listening to music and taking drugs. His erratic behavior led to alienation of friends and ultimately leading a solitary life. First his sister and then in addition his rural based parents, his father who took early retirement, came to live with Hongshen in Beijing to help him through his life problems, which included financially supporting him. Hongshen treated them poorly, especially his father, who in turn accepted Hongshen's abusive behavior all in the name of helping him. But they didn't trust him and followed him everywhere. Ultimately the family had figure out what to do to best help Hongshen. ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for drug content | See all certifications »
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1 March 2002 (Spain)  »

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$7,908 (USA) (13 September 2002)

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$17,717 (USA) (11 October 2002)
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This movie will tug at your heartstrings
10 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must say, every time I see this movie, I am deeply touched, not only by the most painful four years of Hongsheng's life, but also by how his family deals with his drug addiction. It is also true that getting addicted to anything, such as drugs, alcohol, or pornography, cannot only hurt you, but also hurt your most important people in the world: your family. Since family is the #1 priority in the Asian culture, it takes guts for the circle to gather together and show one person how much the family loves him/her. this is actually the first Chinese movie that I actually enjoy, not for the fun of it, but the elements surrounding it (superb acting, touching story, great direction) make this movie worth watching. What stands out the most is that Hongsheng and his family act out the story themselves instead of having some B-movie actor trying to imitate the real person. It shows the genuineness of the movie.


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