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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 ... 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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Ranked number 63 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. See more »

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

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An art movie which is not outdated even in 21st century!
25 January 2001 | by stanley-29See all my reviews

Xiao Chen Zhi Chun is a great movie, not only in the year it was shot but also now. It's an art movie which is not outdated even in 21st century. The director maintained a good narrative skill and thus made the story so smooth!

The movie reminds me of the later French new wave movie: Francois Truffaut's "Femme d'a cote" which is of the similar topic.


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