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Still Life (2006)
"Sanxia haoren" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  16 November 2006 (Hong Kong)
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Citizens return to a flooded town to salvage what they can and say good-bye to things they lost.

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Coalminer Han Sanming comes from Fengyang in Shanxi to the Three Gorges town Fengjie to look for his ex-wife whom he has not seen for 16 years. The couple meet on the bank of the Yangtze River and vow to remarry. Nurse Shen Hong also comes to Fengjie from Taiyuan in Shanxi to look for her husband who has not been home for two years. The couple embrace each other and waltz under the imposing Three Gorges dam, but feel they are so apart and decide to have a divorce. The old township has been submerged, while a new town has to be built. Life persists in the Three Gorges - what should be taken up is taken up, what should be cast off is cast off. Written by Perry Yu <perry@pobox.com>

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$16,036 (USA) (18 January 2008)

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$68,236 (USA) (14 March 2008)
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#02, tied with "Inland Empire" and "Death Proof"). See more »

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Brother Mark: You're a nostalgist.
Shen Hong: We can't forget who we are.
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The China You Never See
5 August 2007 | by (Santa Barbara, California) – See all my reviews

I've seen lots of presentations by businesspeople and academics about Chinese industry, development, social problems, politics, progress, environmental disasters, etc. etc. I've never seen anything like this. It's China on the ground - actually a town about to be submerged by the Three Gorgest Dam project. The title translation of "Three Gorges Good People" is right - these are ordinary folks who endure, persist, help each other out, etc. in a mixed landscape of natural beauty, building, poverty, and destruction that has to be seen to be understood. The story of the dam shapes everybody's life without actually determining or washing them out. Definitely try to see this if you have any interest at all in China today.


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