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Spring in a Small Town (1948)

Xiao cheng zhi chun (original title)
| Drama, Romance | 1948 (China)
A lonely housewife finds her monotonous life altered when her childhood sweetheart returns to town.

Director:

Mu Fei

Writer:

Tianji Li
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chaoming Cui Chaoming Cui ... Lao Huang
Wei Li Wei Li ... Zhang Zhichen
Yu Shi Yu Shi ... Dai Liyan
Wei Wei ... Zhou Yuwen
Hongmei Zhang Hongmei Zhang ... Meimei
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Following WWII and with China brought to it's knees by the actions of the Japanese, prior to the rise of the Communists, led by Chairman Mao. This is the time during which Fei Mu's film takes place. Wei Wei plays a woman who lives a lonely life, shackled by her care for her gentle, but ill husband (Shi Yu)- that is until her first love reappears into her life. This is Fei's penultimate film as director, but is still enjoyed by many today as one of his best works. It has now been a firm favorite of many since it was restored in the 80's by the China Film Archive and some rate it as one of the greatest Chinese movies in history. Written by Toby Elliot

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1948 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Spring in a Small Town See more »

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Production Co:

Wenhua Film Company See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Voted the best Chinese-language film of all time by the Hong Kong Film Academy in 2004. See more »

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Remade as Springtime in a Small Town (2002) See more »

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They say this is one of the best Chinese films ever made

This is a film about deep and unspoken human relationships.

Eventually they do become spoken, but is there a chance to change anything about the situation.

Originally made in Shanghai 1948 and quite free of propaganda the film introduces us to the Dai Family. There is still some weight about the history that surrounds the family. History usually has weight in Chinese literature and serious film.

A young married couple - Liyan, an invalid, and his wife Yuwen live in a once great family compound that is partially ruined.

A bright contrast is Liyan's young sister who cannot really remember the past of the family but accepts everything in quite a natural way. Her spirit is as bright as the other two are reserved.

Into this apparently stable world comes an unexpected visitor...

I ended up feeling quite sad - but definitely a superior film.


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