Shun Li and the Poet (2011)
"Io sono Li" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 1,255 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 47 critic

A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.



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

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

16 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A journey through the incredible story of Renato Zucchelli, the last travelling shepherd living in a metropolis, who conquered the city with only his sheep and the power of fantasy.

Director: Marco Bonfanti
Stars: Renato Zucchelli, Piero Lombardi, Lucia Zucchelli
The World (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An exploration on the impact of urbanization and globalization on a traditional culture.

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Tao Zhao, Taishen Cheng, Jue Jing
Still Life (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Tao Zhao, Zhou Lan, Sanming Han
Terraferma (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Sicilian family deals with the arrival of a group of immigrants on their island.

Director: Emanuele Crialese
Stars: Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro, Beppe Fiorello
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Each citizen of Jotuomba plays an integral role in village life. Madalena is responsible for baking bread; each morning she stacks her rolls as Antonio prepares the coffee. The two share a ... See full summary »

Director: Júlia Murat
Stars: Lisa Fávero, Sonia Guedes, Ricardo Merkin
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Winter 1943. Martina is small child, who stopped talking since the death of her infant brother some years before. She lives in a rural area of central Italy. Her mother is pregnant again ... See full summary »

Director: Giorgio Diritti
Stars: Maya Sansa, Alba Rohrwacher, Eleonora Mazzoni
24 City (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Change and a city in China. In Chengdu, factory 420 is being pulled down to make way for multi-story buildings with luxury flats. Scenes of factory operations, of the workforce, and of ... See full summary »

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Jianbin Chen, Joan Chen, Liping Lü
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world.

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Wei Wei Zhao, Qiong Wu, Tao Zhao
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Wu Jiang, Baoqiang Wang, Tao Zhao
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Andrea Segre
Stars: Matteo Marchel, Jean-Christophe Folly, Anita Caprioli
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Isaac Julien
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Fagen Gong, Jennifer Lim
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Carlo Mazzacurati
Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Isabella Ragonese, Giuseppe Battiston


Cast overview, first billed only:
Shun Li (as Zhao Tao)
Bepi, il poeta (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Marco Paolini ...
Roberto Citran ...
Giordano Bacci ...
Spartaco Mainardi ...
Zhong Cheng ...
Wang Yuan ...
Amleto Voltolina ...
Andrea Pennacchi ...
Guo Qiang Xu ...
Boss (as Xu Guo Qiang)
Sara Perini ...
Sara, moglie di Devis
Federico Hu ...
Hi Zhijian ...
Majong Player


A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




See all certifications »

Parents Guide:







Release Date:

23 September 2011 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A lány és a költő  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Shun Li: Can a square be made a circle? Can different roads come together? Acute is the remorse for the lost way in the faltering steps of my return. Reluctant, my cart turns back. Muddled among the errors was the way.
See more »


Featured in Pauline détective (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Documentary-like, committed and ... tender
31 October 2012 | by (Montigny-lès-Metz, France) – See all my reviews

No one on earth can understand an immigrant better than another immigrant. A truism for sure but which has seldom been illustrated so well as in "Io sono Li" (Li and the Poet), the first fiction film of Italian documentary maker Andrea Segre.

Immigration is embodied here by two complementary figures, Shun Li and Bepi.

Shun Li is a young Chinese woman who has succeeded in emigrating to Italy, without her son (whom she sorely misses) but with a debt to pay back to the illegal network that "helped" her to get there.

Bepi, on the other hand, is an old retired fisherman and amateur poet who left Yugoslavia for the little laguna town of Chioggia thirty-five years before.

Both will meet in the osteria (bar-restaurant) where Li works as a replacement barmaid and of which Bepi is a regular and a touching if difficult relationship will develop between them.

That is all there is to this film in terms of narrative, but "Io sono Li" does not need a strong plot to manage to exist. This delicate gem actually delivers much more than its story : a fine description of a rarely shown little town in the Venetian Lagoon, an attack against illegal emigration network, a criticism of intolerance and, best of all, the sensitive portrait of two engaging loners wonderfully played by Tao Zhao (the muse of director Jia Zhangke) and Rade Serbedzija (the Croatian actor who played the bio-chemical expert in "Mission Impossible: II).

When you leave the theater you understand "Io sono Li" is a real achievement.

It has all the virtues of a documentary without being dryly factual.

It is moving, even very moving as the film comes to its close, but without resorting to cheap tear-jerking tricks.

It is an involved work but its commitment is discreet and remains in the background

To make a long story short, 'Io sono Li' is a remarkable first feature that should not be missed.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A Couple of Questions traynordesmond
This movie was easily the saddest movie I have ever seen. ltotehinzi
The long-haired girl and her movements bostonfilmfan
High Tide ganason
Discuss Shun Li and the Poet (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: