China in the late 1970s and early 1980s: the life of an ordinary working family as seen through its three siblings.

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Credited cast:
Jing An
Li Feng ...
Older brother
Changwei Gu ...
Blind man
Meiying Huang ...
Mother
Shi Junhui
Wenying Li ...
Younger brother's deskmate
Guonan Liu
Lei Liu ...
Guo Zi
Yulai Lu ...
Younger Brother
Lan Wang ...
Jin Zhi
Calvin Yu ...
(as Xiao Wei Yu)
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Sister
Yiwei Zhao ...
Father
Ping Zong ...
Chinese teacher Wang
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The story is set in the 1970s in a small town in China. A middle aged couple has three children. The eldest son is obese and mentally challenged, therefore he is teased and outcasted by others. The second child is an outgoing and energetic daughter, who is not afraid of doing anything to pursue her dreams or to survive. The youngest child is a shy and quiet boy who is ashamed by his older brother and tries to break away from the misery in his family. Breaking into three sections focusing on each of these siblings, the film allows us to look into the lives of ordinary Chinese people the 70s. Written by YNOTswim

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The full length of the film is about 4 hours. The final theatrical version (domestic and international versions ) has only about half of it. See more »

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How many dreams can we have in our lives?
23 March 2005 | by (China) – See all my reviews

After getting the silver bear award in the Berlin International Film Festival, the film "Peacock" drew quite a lot of people's attentions, including me. I didn't read any synopsis or articles before going to the cinema. The film started while my knowing nothing about it. "Peacock" is three stories about three people-the elder sister who keeps on seeking her dream, the elder brother who is not so smart but pretty kind, and the young brother who wants to get out of the cage of his family. Life is like this. Having a dream, then the dream is broken. Having another dream, than the dream is broken again. And we grow up during getting and losing out dreams. When looking back to the past, we can hardly believe that we ever had such a beautiful dream. That's what we call youth. It passed like flowing water, without any attachment. What is your dream? Make it come true before it is gone. Life is just as short as a peacock's spreading its tail. In fact, I wasn't deeply attracted by the film when watching it for the first time. However, I found it difficult to help thinking about it again and again the following days. I didn't really realize the bitters of life in the film without spending some time. It must be the reason why "Peacock" fascinates me and many of us a lot.


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