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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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4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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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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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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Watch for the sparkling 'drinking' scene, 13 September 2004

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An alternative title of this film could have been the one for a recent local play in town: 'Tiny ripples in still waters' (as literally translated. 'Still waters' obviously have nothing to do with the fictitious rock band featured in 'Almost Famous'. It just means a dead pool).

This film reminds me immediately of the Italian gem Facing Windows I saw recently in Toronto, for which my comments started out thus: 'The ripple-in-a-mundane-life type of story is difficult to handle'. Both films deal with a stagnant marriage, and the ripple created by the intrusion of a man. The circumstances are however different, but I am not going to start comparing and contrasting the two. For Springtime, the main cause of the marital problem is the husband's (Liyan) lingering ailment. His home-coming childhood friend (Zeichen) turns out to be also the wife's (Yuwen) teen sweetheart. The only two other characters are Liyan's little sister, just turning 16, and a faithful old manservant.

The pace is slow but the film is absorbingly mesmerising. Behind the deceptively simple dialogue is an undercurrent of ebbs and flows of emotions, particularly in the case of Hu Jingfan playing Yuwen. (Look beyond the surface of the words she speaks into the subtly varying tone, the nuances, and the ever so slight shift in the timbre of her voice). Masterly use of a slowly panning camera creates the melancholy mood sustaining the intriguing lure of the film.

Particularly worth mentioning is the brilliant climax of the 'drinking' scene. I won't spoil it with inapt descriptions. If Hu Jingfu's performance has been subtle hitherto, it's sparkling in that scene.

Film critics in town who have seen the original 1948 version claim that it is even better. Hope to get a chance to see it. In any event, this re-make is well worth recommending to those who have the capacity to appreciate.

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Update - March 2005.

Have now seen the original, which certainly lives up to its reputation, but can't agree with the verdict that the remake is inferior.

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