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Release Date:
4 February 2010 (Germany) See more »
This is the story of Mei, a young woman on a trip from East to West after her escape from her provincial Chinese village... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lu Huang ... Li Mei
Wei Yi Bo ... 'Spikey'
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Geoffrey Hunt

Chris Ryman ... Rachid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hsinyi Liu ... London Tour Guide
James Parry ... Medical student

Directed by
Xiaolu Guo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Xiaolu Guo  written by

Produced by
Suzanne Alizart .... executive producer
Sylvain Bursztejn .... co-producer
Peter Carlton .... executive producer
Will Clarke .... executive producer
Caroline Cooper .... executive producer
Andrea Cornwell .... line producer
Natasha Dack .... producer
Robin Gutch .... executive producer
Hugo Heppell .... executive producer
Christian Kux .... co-producer
Jo McClellan .... executive producer
Tina Mersmann .... in-house line producer: intervista Digital Media
Original Music by
John Parish 
Cinematography by
Zillah Bowes 
Film Editing by
Andrew Bird 
Casting by
Amanda Tabak 
Art Direction by
Tine Mette Bloch Jespersen 
Yao Jun 
Costume Design by
Sam Perry 
Production Management
Farah Abushwesha .... production manager
Ursina Merkt .... assistant post-production supervisor
Tina Mersmann .... post-production supervisor
Barry Ryan .... head of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charlie Endean .... first assistant director
Hsinyi Liu .... second assistant director
Gabrielle Russell .... third assistant director
Sound Department
Robert Bourke .... sound effects editor
Philippe Ciompi .... re-recording mixer
Philippe Ciompi .... supervising sound editor
Julien Cloquet .... re-recording mixer
Joanne Dunphy .... boom operator
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Wu Zi .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Ronney Afortu .... colorist
Thomas Diesselhorst .... digital artist
Dirk Frischmuth .... digital artist
Markus 'Maggi' Selchow .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Cointepas .... first assistant camera
Dan Fontaine .... gaffer
James Foster .... focus puller
Sheng Lu .... gaffer
Casting Department
Daniel Edwards .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Julia Drache .... first assistant editor
Ursina Merkt .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Ali Chant .... music editor
Other crew
Joe Barker .... production assistant
Steve Butler .... unit production assistant
Anna Harrington .... production accountant
Atessa Hoomani .... production assistant
Rohith S. Katbamna .... production assistant
Rohith S. Katbamna .... script assistant
Tiziano Niero .... production assistant
Sarah Victoria Jane Richardson .... production assistant (as Sarah Richardson)
Sarah Victoria Jane Richardson .... production assistant

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Additional Details

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103 min | Argentina:98 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Germany:12 (f) | Hong Kong:III (Hong Kong International Film Festival) | UK:18
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
This movie was quite interesting..., 8 September 2012
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

Director Xiaolu Guo have managed to put together a rather interesting movie here with "She, A Chinese", as it tells a very deep and compelling story.

The story told in "She, A Chinese" is about Li Mei who lives in a small rural village in China, dreaming of a better life. However, in her desire to get there she runs into some less than savory characters, and when she finally do get to Chongqing, she ends up with equally less than savory characters as she takes up work in the "Love Salon" - a salon that does more than just cut hair. And her fortune changes as she runs into a thug with a good amount of money. A spur of the moment decision takes Li Mei to London where she ends up marrying an older British man, but falling in love with an Indian immigrant.

"She, A Chinese" is a movie about a girl's journey from dreams to reality, but also a journey from girlhood into adulthood. But it is also a movie about the actual journey itself, from the small Chinese village in the East to the bustling metropolis London in the West. It is a story that is nicely told and really brought to life quite well on the screen.

The people cast for the various roles were doing great jobs, and of course the lead role of Li Mei (played by Lu Huang) was the center of the movie and she really carried the movie quite well.

It should be said that "She, A Chinese" might be somewhat of an acquired taste. If you are familiar with Asian cinema, this movie will deviate somewhat from the mainstream movies that comes out of Asia. But it is in no way in a negative way, and "She, A Chinese" is really a good movie with good entertainment value. And it paints a vivid portrait of the differences between East and West and the clash of cultures.

The movie is not fast-paced, so if you don't enjoy movies that takes it times to get you from A to B, then "She, A Chinese" is not the movie for you. However, if you enjoy a very real and down to Earth drama, then "She, A Chinese" is perhaps right up your alley.

I enjoy Asian cinema quite a lot and came across the movie by sheer luck as I was browsing movies on Amazon. It is a good addition to my DVD collection and I was impressed with the impact the story left on me. So, in my opinion, "She, A Chinese" is definitely worth a watch.

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