7.1/10
535
10 user 4 critic

Seventeen Years (1999)

Guo nian hui jia (original title)
Tao Lan and Yu Xiaoqin are teenage stepsisters. They go to the same high school, sleep in the same bedroom, but couldn't be more different. The first is wild, a bit of a vagabond, while the... See full summary »

Director:

Yuan Zhang

Writers:

Dai Ning, Hua Yu | 1 more credit »
Reviews
12 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A virginal boy travels with three hookers to a small island to collect his estranged father's washed up and sun-bleached bones.

Director: Yôichi Sai
Stars: Michiko Ameku, Yoshie Hayasaka, Ittoku Kishibe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Uruphong Raksasad
Stars: Prayad Jumma, Sai Jumma, Sompong Jumma
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Soo-Kil Kim
Stars: Tamotsu Ishibashi, Gen Kodama, Yoriko Dôguchi
The Mission (1999)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Triad boss Lung, who has just escaped being killed in an assassination, hires five killers for his protection. Their grown solidarity is under compulsion when Lung gives a special order.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng, Jackie Chung-yin Lui
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sao Bao has been left behind by China's fabulous new wealth, having lost his job, his apartment, and the woman he loves. Nevertheless, he has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he... See full summary »

Director: Yuan Zhang
Stars: Bowen Duan, Xinyun Li, Wenwen Han
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young girl seeks out imaginative ways to cope with the death of her twin brother.

Director: Kamila Andini
Stars: Thaly Titi Kasih, Ida Bagus Putu Radithya Mahijasena, Ayu Laksmi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three strangers living in Silesia - a 12-year-old half-orphan, a musically talented girl and a middle-aged unemployed ex-miner - are all desperate to get money to make their small dreams come true.

Director: Michal Rosa
Stars: Damian Hryniewicz, Dominika Kluzniak, Krzysztof Stroinski
Memory Lane I (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Mikhaël Hers
Stars: Thibault Vinçon, Dounia Sichov, Lolita Chammah
Queen Doll (1972)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A man grows obssessed with his erstwhile childhood sweetheart and it leads to a haunting encounter with horror.

Director: Sergio Olhovich
Stars: Enrique Rocha, Ofelia Medina, Helena Rojo
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A documentary in two parts: the first (Trial by Fire) examines the link between the violence of the Hindu nationalist movement and sexual violence against women. The second (Hero Pharmacy) looks at masculinity in urban India.

Director: Anand Patwardhan
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Mak, a street urchin in Bangkok, dreams of being a tough gangster. He earns some money as a drugs runner. One day he meets a young prostitute, who turns out to live nearby and they fall in ... See full summary »

Director: Oxide Chun Pang
Stars: Pawarith Monkolpisit, Wanatchada Siwapornchai, Chalermporn Paprach
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An artist struggles to finish his work. A storyline about a cult plays in his head. Fundamentalism will destroy the world. The artist destroys his muse in the process. He redeems her in the end.

Director: Lav Diaz
Stars: Perry Dizon, Angel Aquino, Bart Guingona
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Lin Liu ... Tao Lan
Bingbing Li ... Chen Jie
Yeding Li Yeding Li ... Tao Airong
Song Liang Song Liang ... Yu Zhenggao
Yun Li Yun Li ... Yu Xiaoqin
Su Wang Su Wang ... Policeman
Edit

Storyline

Tao Lan and Yu Xiaoqin are teenage stepsisters. They go to the same high school, sleep in the same bedroom, but couldn't be more different. The first is wild, a bit of a vagabond, while the other is diligent and studies hard. One day Yu Xiaoqin steals money from her father and puts the blame on Tao Lin, who accidentally kills her sister while attempting to prove her innocence, and is put in jail. 17 years later, a woman by now, she is allowed out and is escorted by a guard to find her home long demolished. The two go to the new address of the ageing parents, and the guard becomes an eyewitness to the difficult reunion and the girl's remorse, the anxiety and fear of the mother and the stepfather's silent struggle to rise above his pain and find forgiveness. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Switzerland | Italy | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Diciassette anni See more »

Filming Locations:

Tianjin, China

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the Best Films I Have Ever Seen in My Life
4 February 2007 | by djoneill-1See all my reviews

I personally have found that some of the best films ever made are from China. Perhaps being a student of Chinese philosophy and being familiar with works like the writings of Chuang Tze has inclined me to be taken in by the timeless character of this story, like so many others. So many Chinese films are great because they are about timeless, enduring aspects of our being human and would have been relevant 3000 years ago as they are today, and will be 3000 years from now. And to me what makes and will always make a story great is exactly this: the human spirit as it unfolds in the process of interaction with others and its environment.

I cried in parts of this film because of the sheer mastery of several actors of such intense and profound magnitude being able to carry between themselves what seems like the entire universe of the human spirit and psyche. No props needed. No special effects. I wish there were more films like this.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed