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The Green, Green Grass of Home (1982)

Zai na he pan qing cao qing (original title)
| Drama | 1982 (Taiwan)
Da-Nian is a young man from Taipei. He goes to a remote village and works as a substitute teacher. He and Su-Yun, another teacher at the school, fall in love. There are several students in ... See full summary »

Director:

Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Writer:

Hsiao-Hsien Hou
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kenny Bee ... Da-Nian
Ling Chiang Ling Chiang
Jing-Kuo Yen Jing-Kuo Yen
Meifeng Chen Meifeng Chen ... Su-Yun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuan-Wen Cheng Chuan-Wen Cheng
Pin-chun Chou Pin-chun Chou
Tou Hu Tou Hu
Chun Ku Chun Ku
Tsung-Sheng Lee ... (as Jonathan Lee)
Chin-Shan Li Chin-Shan Li
Fang Mei
Ying Shih Ying Shih
Chi-Sheng Tse Chi-Sheng Tse
Fu Sheng Tsui
Ling Wu Ling Wu
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Da-Nian is a young man from Taipei. He goes to a remote village and works as a substitute teacher. He and Su-Yun, another teacher at the school, fall in love. There are several students in his class who are like the naughty "three musketeers", and a sad, silent boy Xiang-Wang, who's parents are divorced. Besides, in order to support the family, Xian-Wang's father kills the fish in the river with electricity, which is against the law and causes a lot of damage to the natural resources. Because of this, Xian-Wang has been teased by other school children. At last, he becomes so upset and runs away from home... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

1982 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Green, Green Grass of Home See more »

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Production Co:

Tung Tai FIlm Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Hou the populist
4 March 2005 | by alsolikelifeSee all my reviews

A chronicle of a city schoolteacher who sojourns in the southern countryside, this film amply demonstrates an early populist streak in Hou's work, marked especially by his remarkable handling of child actors and themes (to think that 1982 was the year when Hou and Steven "E.T." Spielberg were most aligned in their sensibilities). There's an incredibly Farrellian sequence devoted to how the kids handle their teacher's request to produce their own stool samples for tapeworm inspection, and a musical number about drinking cola that comes out of nowhere (right before the hero gets his *** kicked while attempting to stop a poacher from fishing illegally). Despite the wacky sequence of events, Hou's understanding of social milieu is already pronounced.


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