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Under the Hawthorn Tree (2010)
"Shan zha shu zhi lian" (original title)

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Romance sparks between a young woman and a young man from different economic backgrounds during China's Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and '70s.

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Dongyu Zhou ...
Jing Zhang
Shawn Dou ...
Sun Jianxin
Meijuan Xi ...
Mrs. Zhang, Jing's Mother
Ruijia Jiang ...
Weihong, Jing's Friend
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Village Head Zhang
Taisheng Chen ...
Luo
Rina Sa ...
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Liping Lü ...
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Xinbo Yu ...
Zhang Changlin
Xinyun Xi ...
Zhang Changfang
Haiying Sun ...
Sun's Father
Ke Qi ...
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Romance sparks between a young woman and a young man from different economic backgrounds during China's Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and '70s.

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touching tear-jerker
28 September 2010 | by (downtown, Michigan) – See all my reviews

Zhang Yimou returns to a more basic form of film-making in this touching story of innocent love from China's Cutural Revolution era. Very strong performances add substance to an otherwise simple story of young lovers burdened by societal difficulties in their efforts to be together. Ms. Zhou is very good in her role as a young, innocent woman who meets a special boy, Shawn Dou, amid the turbulence of China's revolutionary years. Both girl and boy are sent to the country-side to labor under Mao's crazed design for social re-ordering. The film does not focus so much on the madness of the times as on the fear of being labeled politically incorrect which, coupled with the socially conservative norms of traditional China, serve to encumber the innocent desire to be together. A slow but nicely filmed story of heartache and heartbreak.


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