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Director:
Writers:
Mu Fei (1948 screenplays)
Cheng Ah
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Release Date:
24 January 2003 (Greece) See more »
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Plot:
Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A lack of Chemistry...... See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Jingfan Hu ... Yuwen
Jun Wu ... Dai Liyan
Bai Qing Xin ... Zhang Zhichen
Xiao Keng Ye ... Lao Huang
Si Si Lu ... Dai Xiu

Directed by
Zhuangzhuang Tian 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cheng Ah 
Mu Fei  1948 screenplay
Tianji Li  story

Produced by
Wouter Barendrecht .... executive producer
Eric Heumann .... associate producer
William Kong .... producer (as Bill Kong)
Shaohong Li .... executive producer
Xiaowan Li .... producer
Marc Sillam .... associate producer
Yatming Tang .... producer
Alain Vannier .... associate producer
Michael J. Werner .... executive producer
Buting Yang .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Lin Zhao 
 
Cinematography by
Ping Bin Lee  (as Mark Li Ping-bing)
 
Film Editing by
Jianping Xu 
 
Production Design by
Kuangming Cheng 
Timmy Yip  (as Tim Yip Kam-tim)
 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
Xinran Tu 
 
Costume Design by
Timmy Yip 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
He Lai .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jiajin Lu .... sound
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Xiao cheng zhi chun" - China (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some thematic elements
Runtime:
116 min | Argentina:115 min (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) | Canada:112 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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A lack of Chemistry......, 30 October 2009
Author: AirPlant from United Kingdom

The movie concerns a tragic emotional triangle between Zhang Zhichen, a successful doctor, who, on returning from Shanghai finds that his long lost sweetheart Yuwen, has married his best friend in his absence. That his best friend, Dai Liyan is a bit of a passionless, malingering whinger (whom, we are given to understand, is somewhat lacking in the trouser department) is, I think, supposed to tip our guilty sympathies toward the unrequited pair. However, there is no lingering eye contact, no haltingly emotional dialogue, no inadvertent contact, in fact no telegraphing of emotion of any kind between the friend and the wife. Yumen recites her lines as if they were a shopping list, and Zhang Zhichen seems to be reading his off the back off his eyelids. This peculiar lack of chemistry between the erstwhile lovers means that for me at least, this movie never gets off the ground. This is a real shame, as it is almost impossible to find fault with the LOOK of this movie. The cinematography is absolutely spot on, establishing shots are just where they need to be, POVs are perfect, the lighting reveals where it should and creates pools of shadow for the actors to move in and out of. Slow pans through densely textured interiors, alternately obscuring and disclosing, give an almost vertiginous sense of solidity and depth to the stage upon which the actors perform. That the actors don't seem to know how to convey the intensity and recklessness of true love upon that stage is the real tragedy of this movie. Two stars for acting, four for set design and cinematography

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