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Shun Li and the Poet -- IO SONO LI relates the romantic and difficult friendship between a Chinese immigrant and an old fisherman, on an island of the Venetian lagoon facing economic changes. 
After working in a textile factory in the suburbs of Rome, Shun Li moves to the small


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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. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tao Zhao ... Shun Li (as Zhao Tao)

Rade Serbedzija ... Bepi, il poeta (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Marco Paolini ... Coppe
Roberto Citran ... Avvocato

Giuseppe Battiston ... Devis
Giordano Bacci ... Baffo
Spartaco Mainardi ... Maicol
Zhong Cheng ... Zang
Wang Yuan ... Lian
Amleto Voltolina ... Bode
Andrea Pennacchi ... Sandro
Guo Qiang Xu ... Boss (as Xu Guo Qiang)
Sara Perini ... Sara, moglie di Devis
Federico Hu ... Xiao Ming, figlio di Shun Li
Hi Zhijian ... Majong Player
Ni Jamin ... Majong Player

Directed by
Andrea Segre 
Writing credits
Andrea Segre (story)

Andrea Segre (screenplay) and
Marco Pettenello (screenplay)

Produced by
Francesco Bonsembiante .... producer
Francesca Feder .... producer
Arnaud Louvet .... associate producer
Nicola Rosada .... producer
Original Music by
François Couturier 
Cinematography by
Luca Bigazzi 
Film Editing by
Sara Zavarise 
Casting by
Jorgelina Depetris Pochintesta 
Makeup Department
Silvia Persica .... key make-up and hair designer
Roberta Picconi .... make-up & hair design
Production Management
Giacomo Gagliardo .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matteo Calore .... assistant director
Cinzia Castania .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Paolo Frati .... foley artist
Stefano Grosso .... sound effects editor
Alessandro Palmerini .... boom operator
Riccardo Spagnol .... sound editor
Francesco Tumminello .... sound re-recording mixer
Alessandro Zanon .... sound
Special Effects by
Luca Ricci .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Enrico Barone .... visual effects coordinator: Chromatica
Luca Della Grotta .... digital artist: Chromatica
Francesco Antonio Maggi .... digital compositor
Rodolfo Migliari .... visual effects supervisor: Chromatica
Marco Tripodi .... digital compositor: Chromatica
Stefano Valente .... digital compositor: Chromatica
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Salvatore Bognanni .... first focus puller
Paolo Cafiero .... assistant camera
Simone Falso .... still photographer
Gianni Fiorito .... still photographer
Patrizio Marra .... key grip
Fabio Policastro .... best boy
Alessandro Saulini .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Andrea Orsini .... colorist
Chiara Russo .... assistant editor
Other crew
Tony Arnoux .... press attache: France
Gianni Carpentieri .... production administrator
Francesca Cassini .... interpreter
Elisa Frasinetti .... location manager
Anna Offelli .... production coordinator
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache: France
Francesca Rinaldi .... payroll
Brune Seban .... french adaptation: original version with subtitales
Felice Tiozzo .... caterer
Nadia Tiozzo .... caterer
Marco Zanon .... production manager
Tina Zhaotian .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Io sono Li" - Italy (original title)
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98 min
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Documentary-like, committed and ... tender, 31 October 2012
Author: guy-bellinger ( from Montigny-lès-Metz, France

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.

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