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Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)

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Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year ... See full summary »

Director:

Joan Chen

Writers:

Joan Chen, Geling Yan (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Xiaolu Li ... Wenxiu (Xiu Xiu) (as Lu Lu)
Lopsang Lopsang ... Lao Jin
Zheng Qian Zheng Qian ... Li Chuanbei
Jie Gao Jie Gao ... Mother
Qianqian Li Qianqian Li ... Sister
Yue Lü Yue Lü ... Father
Qian Qiao Qian Qiao ... Chen Li
Cheng Jiang Cheng Jiang ... Rider A
Xiaoyu Yang Xiaoyu Yang ... Girl
Xuejun Gu Xuejun Gu ... Rider B
Huzi Huzi ... Hooligan
Zhizheng Li Zhizheng Li ... Headquarter's Chief
Kun Zhang Kun Zhang ... Assistant
Shijin Li Shijin Li ... Jeep Driver
Dong Jia Dong Jia ... Yak Herder A
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Storyline

Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a Tibetan saddle tramp Lao Jin to learn horse herding. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Stratosphere Entertainment

Country:

Hong Kong | USA | Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

16 November 2000 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,880, 9 May 1999

Gross USA:

$1,010,933

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,018,545
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Provided the band Xiu Xiu with its name. See more »

Goofs

From 89:34 to 92:18, Xiu Xiu's right side hair is braided; from 92:30 on, her left side hair is braided instead. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Water of Desire
Lyric by Johnny Chen
Performed by Chyi
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Beautifully executed, but with a slight flaw at ending
23 May 2001 | by shotenshinbouSee all my reviews

This was a truly beautiful film. Joan Chen has directed a movie of uncommon grace, beauty, and sensitivity. She has a subtle hand and an eye for imagery that are almost unrivaled in the movie industry. The two lead actors delivered flawless and engaging performances (and that saying quite a bit considering how little dialogue is exchanged). I really enjoyed watching these three masters displaying their craft.

My only reservation about this movie (here comes a vague plot give away, but it's about the end of the of the movie, so watch out) is that Xui Xui's reaction at the very, very end of the movie seemed psychologically inconsistent with how her character had been developed.


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