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Shower (1999)

Xi zao (original title)
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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 »

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Yang Zhang
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jiayi Du Jiayi Du
Bing He Bing He ... He Zeng
Wu Jiang ... Er Ming
Ding Li Ding Li ... Master Lin
Cunxin Pu Cunxin Pu ... Da Ming
Xu Zhu ... Master Liu
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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>

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | Italian

Release Date:

6 April 2000 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Shower See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,125, 9 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,153,271, 29 October 2000
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Imar Film,Xi'an Film Studio See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Chinese Beauty
18 January 2003 | by Cheetah-6See all my reviews

How powerful and captivating simple quality filmmaking can be. This film tells it's tale with everyday scenes that manage to revel the poignancy hidden within. It's true as others have stated, how this film really makes it glaringly obvious how lost Hollywood is in it's special effects, overblown emotionalism and over the top climatic endings and have forgotten the essence of a meaningful story told with simple realism. So much of what these characters are going through is implied by the scene rather than spelled out in wordy dialogue. One aspect that I really enjoyed about the film was the contrast of the two brothers, one so very openly expressive in his childlike way and the other completely stoic but both able to evoke deep emotion. The older brother needed to say little, as he usually did, it was all there in that deadpan face of his! Beautiful cinematography, wonderful acting, great direction! Not to be missed!


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