7.5/10
3,625
47 user 49 critic

Shower (1999)

Xi zao (original title)
Trailer
1:02 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Shenzhen businessman, Da Ming, goes home to Beijing when he thinks his father has died. He finds his father hard at work at the family's bathhouse (the false message was a ruse of Da's ... See full summary »

Director:

17 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A black comedy about a farmer who tries to bring home the body of his friend, who died far from their town.

Director: Yang Zhang
Stars: Benshan Zhao, Qiwen Hong, Dandan Song
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

'Aiqing mala tang' ('Spicy Love Soup') starts with a young couple eating sweet (or sour) and spicy soup from a two-sided bowl shaped in a Yin and Yang pattern. Until the couple's wedding at... See full summary »

Director: Yang Zhang
Stars: Xuebing Wang, Chuan Chao, Emil Chau
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A killer is entrusted with a sacred mission.

Director: Yang Zhang
Stars: Quni Ciren, Kimba, Siano Dudiom Zahi
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A violin prodigy and his father travel to Beijing, where the father seeks the means to his son's success while the son struggles to accept the path laid before him.

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Yun Tang, Peiqi Liu, Hong Chen
Xiang ri kui (2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Relationship between father and son on a background of Maoist regime in China in the mid-20th century. The father, a painter by profession, interned in a labor camp for "re-education" and ... See full summary »

Director: Yang Zhang
Stars: Joan Chen, Zhang Fan, Ge Gao
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.

Director: Chuan Lu
Stars: Duobujie, Lei Zhang, Liang Qi
Zhifu (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Economic unrest roils central China's Shaanxi Province: local factories are merging, thugs threaten managers, personnel records get lost, and workers are without protections such as health ... See full summary »

Director: Yi'nan Diao
Stars: Kai Han, Hongli Liang, Hua Qin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
Stars: Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Bin Li
Kang rinpoche (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A group of Tibetans make a 1200 kilometer pilgrimage to Lasa.

Director: Yang Zhang
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Honglei Sun, Hao Zheng
Shou ji (2003)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Follows the story of a television host who's hidden so much personal and secret information on his phone, that when it gets out, catastrophe strikes.

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: You Ge, Bingbing Fan, Tongsheng Han
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian
Stars: Tian Yi, Wenyao Zhang, Xiaoman Chen
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jiayi Du
Bing He ... He Zeng
... Er Ming
Ding Li ... Master Lin
Cunxin Pu ... Da Ming
... Master Liu
Edit

Storyline

Shenzhen businessman, Da Ming, goes home to Beijing when he thinks his father has died. He finds his father hard at work at the family's bathhouse (the false message was a ruse of Da's mentally-handicapped, exuberant brother, Er Ming, to get Da home). Da stays a couple days, observing his father being social director, marriage counselor, and dispute mediator for his customers and a boon companion to Er. Da is caught between worlds: the decaying district of his childhood and the booming south where he now lives with a wife who's not met his family. When Da realizes his father's health is failing and the district is slated for razing, he must take stock of family and future. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

6 April 2000 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Shower  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,125, 9 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,153,271, 29 October 2000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

[All trivia items for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A joy to watch
28 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This was a very enjoyable film. A humorous, but poignant look at family, and the obligations that come with it. The story of a man who comes home from his life in the city to his fathers bath house in a small Chinese village. There he learns to appreciate, even cherish the very things he left home to get away from. The film is as visually beautiful as it is emotionally beautiful.


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial