6.6/10
1,304
16 user 36 critic

Zhou Yu de huo che (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 1 August 2002 (China)
Trailer
1:44 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Zhou Yu, a ceramic decorative artist, travels twice a week from her home town of San Ming to Chongyang to visit her boyfriend, Chen Qing, a government worker and budding poet. The two met ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A provincial boy related to a Shanghai crime family is recruited by his uncle into cosmopolitan Shanghai in the 1930s to be a servant to a ganglord's mistress.

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Li Gong, Baotian Li, Wang Xiaoxiao
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Gong Li stars in this low-key drama about a single mother who will do anything to provide for her son. Sun Liying (Li) struggles to care for her hearing-impaired child Zheng Da (Gao Xin) after her taxi driver husband divorces.

Director: Zhou Sun
Stars: Li Gong, Xin Gao, Jing-ming Shi
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.

Director: Chen Kaige
Stars: Li Gong, Fengyi Zhang, Zhou Sun
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Li Gong, Peiqi Liu, Liuchun Yang
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Yu-liang leaves a brothel in a small Chinese town, to become the second wife of Mr. Pan. While Pan is away at the revolution in Yunnan, Yu-liang ... See full summary »

Directors: Shuqin Huang, Yimou Zhang
Stars: Li Gong, Fang Cen, Shichang Da
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Not far from Shanghai, in a country twon stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older ... See full summary »

Director: Chen Kaige
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Li Gong, Kevin Lin
To Live (1994)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu
Ju Dou (1990)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without ... See full summary »

Directors: Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang
Stars: Li Gong, Wei Li, Baotian Li
Red Sorghum (1987)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Li Gong, Wen Jiang, Rujun Ten
Shanghai (2010)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend.

Director: Mikael Håfström
Stars: John Cusack, Li Gong, Yun-Fat Chow
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director: Chen Kaige
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Zhou Yu / Xiu
...
Chen Qing
...
Zhang Qiang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zhixiong Li
Chunling Shi ...
Xiang
Edit

Storyline

Zhou Yu, a ceramic decorative artist, travels twice a week from her home town of San Ming to Chongyang to visit her boyfriend, Chen Qing, a government worker and budding poet. The two met at a dance while Chen Qing was in San Ming, his old home town, on a business trip. She is the inspiration for the best of his poetry. Zhou Yu is a strong willed woman, whereas Cheng Qing is a sensitive soul. These differences in addition to the growing disparity in their life situations places an unspoken strain in their relationship, despite each truly loving the other. As such, Zhou Yu befriends Zhang Qiang, a veterinarian who travels on the same trains as her. Like Zhou Yu, Zhang Qiang is a strong personality whose emotional temperament more closely matches hers. Ultimately, the three, individually and collectively, have to decide if, and if so how each of the others fits into his/her future life, especially as Cheng Qing has to make a further decision about his professional life. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Her love is torn between a doctor and a poet. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1 August 2002 (China)  »

Also Known As:

Zhou Yu's Train  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$22,933 (USA) (16 July 2004)

Gross:

$141,666 (USA) (5 November 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Zhou Yu and Zhang get off the train at the deserted Xan Hu Station she is wearing brown shoes. They set off to look for Xan Hu Lake. While walking on the grassy slopes looking for the Lake, Zhou Yu is now wearing sneakers with blue tops and thick white rubber soles. When they get back to the train station, she is wearing brown shoes again. Her pocketbook is very flat and not fat enough to hold a spare pair of footwear. See more »

Quotes

Zhou Yu: [subtitled version] Running from place to place, something is bound to happen
See more »

Connections

Features Jamón, Jamón (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This is a train you don't have to rush in order to catch...
22 February 2016 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Director Zhou Sun's movie from 2002 was somewhat of a rather long ordeal to get through. And I say that with the best of heart, because I was really trying to get submerged into this movie with heart and spirit, but it just never really spoke out to me or captivated me.

"Zhou Yu's Train" (aka "Zhou Yu de huo che") felt like a three hour long movie despite it just running at an average 1 hour and 37 minutes. It was the prolonged storytelling and constantly dragged out scenes where you watch Li Gong either walking in slow motion or sitting around lost in thought that made the movie seem like it was taking forever to get nowhere.

And getting nowhere is exactly what director Zhou Sun managed to do with this movie. It is the story of Zhou Yu (played by Li Gong) a ceramic artist who travels a long distance twice a week by train in order to see her poet boyfriend Chen Qing (played by Tony Ka Fai Leung). During her numerous trips back and forth Zhou Yu befriends Zhang Qiang (played by Honglei Sun) a veterinarian who is enamored with the young artist.

It should be said that the acting in the movie and the three main acting talents really did perform quite well throughout the course of the movie. They were just limited by the directorial hand of Zhou Sun.

Storywise, then "Zhou Yu's Train" doesn't really come up with anything overly new or impressive, nor does it move the Asian cinema by any means. Sure, if you are a fan of Li Gong then there is some enjoyment to be had here, but as fan of the broader Asian cinema then "Zhou Yu's Train" came off as too slow paced and not overly much happening.

"Zhou Yu's Train" pulls a mere four of ten stars from me as the train is departing the station. I wasn't particularly impressed with the movie, and it took the director forever to virtually get nowhere. However, it should be said that the ending of the movie was quite good, although it wasn't much of a surprise twist.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The last 10 mins... magnumcat
Who is the narrator? leiser18
Where is the music? mst_gp
Gong Li's acting default_user000
Discuss Zhou Yu de huo che (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?