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Huayao Bride in Shangrila (2005)

Hua yao xin niang (original title)
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Zheming Cui ...
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Xiaotian Yin ...
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Feng Mei
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26 July 2008 (Japan)  »

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A Bride from Shangri-La  »

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A simple film of simple beauty
22 December 2005 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

The title means "flowery belt bride", denoting a tradition in the Huayao Yi minority tribe whereby a marriage is not consummated until three years after the wedding ceremony, during which time the relationship is recognized in a embroidered belt that the bride has presented the groom with.

The main theme, however, is not unlike that of "Swing Girls", the story of a team of young women's dream to excel in a competition, not jazz music here, but a local "dragon dance". The complication here is that the groom is the coach of the team, and the bride a key member. There are simple subplots and supporting characters that are quite formulaic. The beauty is the honest simplicity in depicting the simple sentiments of these unsophisticated people. The direction is competently brisk, the photography cheerfully pleasing, and there are moments of intelligent humour.

Zhang Jingchu who left quite an impression in playing an introvert, feminine woman in "Seven Swords", plays here is tom-boyish native girl who suspends herself bat-fashion from the ceiling whenever she is upset, and does not as much as blink in accepting a wrestling match challenge from a brawny guy. One of those adapt actors who can fit easily into any role, Zhang is among the young rising Chinese actresses to watch out for.


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