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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
Tong Wang ...
Hongshen's sister
Shun Xing ...
Jia's roommate


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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1 March 2002 (Spain)  »

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Quitting  »

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


$17,717 (USA) (11 October 2002)

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Amazing Movie but not for everyone
12 August 2007 | by (PA, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is amazing because the fact that the real people portray themselves and their real life experience and do such a good job it's like they're almost living the past over again. Jia Hongsheng plays himself an actor who quit everything except music and drugs struggling with depression and searching for the meaning of life while being angry at everyone especially the people who care for him most. There's moments in the movie that will make you wanna cry because the family especially the father did such a good job. However, this movie is not for everyone. Many people who suffer from depression will understand Hongsheng's problem and why he does the things he does for example keep himself shut in a dark room or go for walks or bike rides by himself. Others might see the movie as boring because it's just so real that its almost like a documentary. Overall this movie is great and Hongsheng deserved an Oscar for this movie so did his Dad.

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