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Dixia de tiankong (2008)

In a poor mining town in western China, stories of a father and his two children intertwine. The misfortunes of son and daughter alike unravel to illuminate the complicated relationships ... See full summary »

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Deyuan Luo ...
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Xuan Huang ...
Jingsheng
Luoqian Zheng ...
Jingshui
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Qiya Gong
Siting Guan
Xiang Zhou
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In a poor mining town in western China, stories of a father and his two children intertwine. The misfortunes of son and daughter alike unravel to illuminate the complicated relationships masked by their community's hard exterior. Presented by the Global Film Initiative.

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22 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Three stories in one great movie
18 October 2008 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

The Shaft is another great film from the emerging Chinese cinema. It's a collection of three short stories in which all the characters live or work in a mine in a small Chinese town. The first story is a simple love story with a twist, the second concerns a miner's son who dreams of being a singer and the third concerns an old miner approaching retirement. The stories are simple with minimal dialog. Yet they are very affecting and totally engrossing. The Shaft is very strikingly photographed, perfectly capturing the atmosphere of a mining community. It's a very impressive debut feature for writer-director Chi Zhang. Remember his name, you're bound to hear more from him in the coming years.


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