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Springtime in a Small Town (2002)

Xiao cheng zhi chun (original title)
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Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining he has TB; Yuwan embroiders; they sleep in separate rooms. A surprise visit from... See full summary »

Director:

Zhuangzhuang Tian

Writers:

Cheng Ah, Mu Fei | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jingfan Hu Jingfan Hu ... Yuwen
Jun Wu Jun Wu ... Dai Liyan
Bai Qing Xin Bai Qing Xin ... Zhang Zhichen
Xiao Keng Ye Xiao Keng Ye ... Lao Huang
Si Si Lu Si Si Lu ... Dai Xiu
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Storyline

Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining he has TB; Yuwan embroiders; they sleep in separate rooms. A surprise visit from Liyan's boyhood friend Zhang, a big city physician, wakes up the household. To Zhang's amazement, he discovers his friend's wife is his own youthful sweetheart. Possibilities abound: an affair, an arranged marriage of Zhang and Little Sister, now 16, or simply ending ennui and embracing vitality. Can a stifling atmosphere of Chinese Chekhov give way to spring? Alcohol at a birthday party speeds resolution. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

11 December 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Springtime in a Small Town See more »

Filming Locations:

Wu Zhen, Zhejiang, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,506, 16 May 2004

Gross USA:

$43,017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,751
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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2 July 2004 | by alexduffy2000See all my reviews

"Springtime in a Small Town" is beautiful to look at, but not very memorable. It's basically a filmed play taking place in a house, there are a few exterior shots but not many. I was involved for the first 30 minutes, but then I stopped caring, the plot just wasn't interesting enough. Basically, it's a romantic triangle between the homeowner, his wife, and a visiting doctor friend. Because this film is so dependent on dialogue, I was hoping for some heady conversations on China's crumbling situation - the film takes place in 1948 - but it never happens. The film is like a beautiful model on a runway, pretty to look at, but lacking any depth.


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