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The Foliage (2003)

Mei ren cao (original title)
| Drama | 2003 (China)
In the summer of 1974, Xing-Yu (Shu Qi) meets and falls in love with a rebel, Si-Mong. A member of the Chinese People's Army, her comrades immediately frown on their relationship. Her ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bin Fang ...
Ding Guo Yuan
Chuang Chen ...
Shan Lin
Mengnan Li ...
Manager Wu
Yunqing He ...
Supply Chief
Chengyuan Li ...
Company Commander
Xiao Yuan Fu ...
Political Instructor
Yiwei Liu ...
Master Cui
Yang Xi ...
Shaman
Qichao He ...
Dog Fart (child)
Jun Cui ...
Dog Fart (grown)
Shimin Zhang ...
Yuan Xiao Yu (child)
Lucen Li ...
Yuan Xiao Yu (grown)
Kaige Zhu ...
Library Curator
Jing Zhang ...
Lian Yun
Jianyun Yao ...
Bus Driver
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In the summer of 1974, Xing-Yu (Shu Qi) meets and falls in love with a rebel, Si-Mong. A member of the Chinese People's Army, her comrades immediately frown on their relationship. Her leader and childhood sweetheart, Yuan, then enlists her in a plan to betray Si-Mong in exchange for a discharge so she may return home to care for her sick father. Will Xing-Yu choose country and politics over love? Written by Tam An Nguyen

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Xing Yu returns to her education camp, and meets a workers, Si Meng on her bus ride back
4 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lovely story that like Chinese films, ends in a heart breaker. I did feel that the love story was quite heart wrenching, and the movie overall deserves considerable applause (one of the best Chinese films I have seen). However I am extremely disappointed in the director's choice of lead female actress. Being Taiwanese, she has none of the common characteristics of a mainlander. She is flat and boring, and delivers her lines in a recitation manner that severely detracts from the movie. Plus her accent is extremely distracting, sticking out like a sore thumb. It really taints the movie's setting and mood. But besides the mistake in the female lead, it is a movie worth watching.


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