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Mu Fei (1948 screenplays)
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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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  (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 
Tim Yip  (as Tim Yip Kam-tim)
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
Xinran Tu 
Costume Design by
Tim Yip  (as 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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Rated PG for some thematic elements
116 min | Argentina:115 min (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) | Canada:112 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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No bad guys here - but life sometimes sucks, 19 March 2012
Author: ronchow from Canada

This a love story of sorts set in the 1940's in post-war China. It is a love triangle or a love quadrangle, depending if you include the 16-year-old young lady who was yet to know love at her age, or was about to.

The story is fairly typical: a loveless marriage, probably sexless due to the husband's ill health, but a marriage nevertheless with the wife doing her best to look after her ailing husband. Then an old lover showed up to create turmoil in their otherwise peaceful, though probably unhappy, lives.

I find the acting a bit green at places. The pace was slow. But the setting, both indoor and outdoor, was visually beautiful and the story, told in an unhurried fashioned, engaging. There are no bad guys here. And yet grief and unhappiness prevailed simply because things just happened that way. And changes were simply out of the question because they lived in an era where people were bound by certain moral obligations.

This film demands patience, but is one that engages. Director Tian has told a common love story well.

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