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The Shaft (2008)
"Dixia de tiankong" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  22 January 2010 (USA)
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Deyuan Luo ...
Baogen
Xuan Huang ...
Jingsheng
Luoqian Zheng ...
Jingshui
Chen Li ...
Daming
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Qiya Gong
Siting Guan
Xiang Zhou
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Well worth the view
11 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A film about the lives of Chinese miners is not likely to attract mainstream viewers, but I suspect that this is the closest glimpse into contemporary China we are likely to get. And touchingly universal. Visually, it is a series of marvelously-framed photographs and brief snatches of dialog, to which the viewer must gradually develop a narrative line. In the background -- the effects of the one-child policy, which puts a premium on marriageable females, who must sell themselves to the highest bidder; then the lure and inaccessibility of the big city (Beijing); the incapability of small-town gossip as well as the town's only employer -- the coal mines.


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