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Spring in a Small Town (1948)

Xiao cheng zhi chun (original title)
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 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:

10 November 1993 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Spring in a Small Town See more »

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Wenhua Film Company See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Referenced in On na ma dak lin na (1998) See more »

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Nice story.
11 September 2009 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This is a nice little movie with a nice story, that plays the most important role in the entire movie.

It's a quite intriguing dramatic story, with also romance present in it. The story is being told slowly but this works out all too well for its build up. The characters are nice and portrayed nicely by its actors. Normally I'm not a too big fan of the Asian acting style but the acting in this movie was simply good.

Of course the movie is quite different in its approach and style from other genre movies, produced in the west. In a way this movie is more advanced already with its approach than the western movies made during the same era.

I only wished the movie its visual style would had been a bit better. For a movie that is considered a kind of an art-house movie this movie is certainly lacking in some well looking sequences. This was obviously a quite cheap movie to make and it got made quite generically. Not that this is a bad thing, it just prevent this movie from truly distinct itself and raising itself above the genre.

But oh well, this movie is all about its well constructed story and characters that are in it. In that regard this movie most certainly does not disappoint.

8/10

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