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The Nightingale (2013)

Ye Ying - Le promeneur d'oiseau (original title)
The story of an elderly man and his granddaughter who walk together through China with a bird in a cage.




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Cast overview:
Baotian Li ...
Zhu Zhi Gen (Grandfather) (as Li Bao Tian)
Ren Quan Ying (Mother) (as Xiao Ran Li)
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The story of an elderly man and his granddaughter who walk together through China with a bird in a cage.

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Release Date:

6 November 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le rossignol  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Official submission of China to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »

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Incredibly sweet blend of fast and slow China
19 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and I really enjoyed the story as well as the views of rural and village China. I travel in China myself by long distance bus and (not speed) train, the portrayal seemed very genuine and sincere as well as the scenes of village life. The shots of the environment were breathtaking and the exploration of the value of being "unplugged" and connected to family and roots was just beautiful. I did find it interesting that they translated "QQ" to "Skype"... I understand why but... I suppose there wasn't a better option. Anyway, I would highly recommend this film for anyone who is a lover of travel within China or is interested modern Chinese culture and scenery. The vocabulary is great for those learning Mandarin, too.

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