MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 26,038 this week

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

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  16 November 2006 (Hong Kong)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 4,050 users   Metascore: 81/100
Reviews: 35 user | 100 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

Citizens return to a flooded town to salvage what they can and say good-bye to things they lost.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), , 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 08 Oct 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 01 May 2014
 
a list of 45 titles
created 05 Jul 2014
 
a list of 37 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 39 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Still Life" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Still Life (2006)

Still Life (2006) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Still Life.
12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Suzhou River (2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The river Suzhou that flows through Shanghai is a reservoir of filth, chaos and poverty, but also a meeting place for memories and secrets. Lou Ye, who spent his youth on the banks of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ye Lou
Stars: Xun Zhou, Hongshen Jia, Zhongkai Hua
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

China, 1999. Childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier Zhang. They soon have a son he names Dollar... ... See full summary »

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Tao Zhao, Yi Zhang, Jing Dong Liang
Still Life I (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.

Director: Uberto Pasolini
Stars: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury
Three Times (2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three stories set in three times, 1911, 1966 and 2005. Two actors play the two main characters in each story.

Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou
Stars: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Fang Mei
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.

Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou
Stars: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Shufen Xin, Sung Young Chen
Dong (2006)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

China's greatest living filmmaker Jia Zhangke (Platform, The World) travels with acclaimed painter Liu Xiaodong from China to Thailand as they as they meet everyday workers in the throes of... See full summary »

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Xiaodong Liu, Sanming Han
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Shuzhe Dong, Hongwei Wang, Sheng Yao
Yulu (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Directors: Shi-Zheng Chen, Tao Chen, and 5 more credits »
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An ancestral city; through its delicious botanical garden and its branched canals, we observe the clues and traces of its ancient culture. Two couples of men and women, former lovers, meet ... See full summary »

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Aaron Shang, Lei Hao, Hongwei Wang
Wuyong (2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Ke Ma
Shi nian (Video 2009)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Entai Yu, Tao Zhao
Smog Journeys (2015)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Jia Zhangke's short film for Greenpeace East Asia depicts the effects of air pollution in northeast China, a region frequently blanketed in dangerous levels of air pollution. 'Smog Journeys... See full summary »

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Jing Dong Liang, Lu Liu, Qiang Liu
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Zhou Lan ...
...
Lizhen Ma ...
Hongwei Wang ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kai Chen
Ronghu Chen
Jian Chieng
Chuanan Fang
Zhongming He
Yong Huang
Deping Jiang
Shiping Jiang
Tianyah Lan
Bin Li
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

16 November 2006 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Still Life  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

CNY 10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$68,236 (USA) (14 March 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Brother Mark: You're a nostalgist.
Shen Hong: We can't forget who we are.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Jia Zhang-ke continues with his good work while becoming a little more accessible
29 November 2006 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

China's sixth generation director Jia Zhang-ke's recent Golden Lion winner at Venice is slightly more accessible to the general audience than his previous work, although Shijie (2004) has been heading generally towards that direction. Unlike Xiao Wu (1997), which is completely devoid of story or plot, Still Life at least has a story (in fact two) of sorts but, to Jia credit, stays away from the conventional Hollywood melodrama formula. The last thing we need is another Hollywood-look-alike movie made by a Chinese director who gives up what he is good at to impersonate a Hollywood director. There are already too many.

The story of the Three Gorges Dam begs to be told. Jia tells it from a micro, personal angle, by weaving two separate stories together, with the Three Gorges Dam project not just as a backdrop, but also as a subject of enquiry. In polarized contrast to the gorgeous tourism posters, Jia's camera shows the devastation along the Gorges in a way that almost reminds you of the ruins in Polanski's "The pianist". In the two unrelated stories, two people arrive in the same riverside town, a nurse looking for her husband who seems to have lost interest in her, and a coalminer searching for his wife who left him, taking with her their daughter.

These stories are told in Jia's usual minimalist style, but with pain sticking attention to details. Instead of the dialogue, it's the nuances, the body language, and even the framing of the shot that reveals. New to Jia's screen are moments of playful, surprising touches as if the director is saying "Hey, I can handle surreal too". The appropriate use of pop music from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Mainland of China adds to the dimension and depth of the film.

True to his tradition, Jia films the life of ordinary people just as it is. The coalminer in Still Life is one in real life, and a relative of Jia. He even uses his real name Han San-ming. True to his tradition again, Jia uses only one professional actor, Zhao Tao, but she is so good that you can't tell her apart from the rest of the "cast" in terms of being an authentic, ordinary person that Jia might have just picked from a crowd in the street.

I miss Jia's earlier work such a Xiao Wu, for its uniqueness and detached, realistic depiction of lives of real people. On the other hand, I don't mind his introduction of conventional "entertaining" elements, so long as he stops before, way before, succumbing to the senseless scramble of the Chinese 5th generation directors to capture the Hollywood market. Many a soul has been sold for fame and fortune.


33 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
photographs joseo
Sanxia Haorean -- Still Life aindriug
Wider release? insidejohnsmind
Will it at least be submitted for the Academy Awards ? nablaquadro
Alchohol Cigarettes Tea? ascifilullaby
sound track? bminney
Discuss Still Life (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page