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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Sacrifice and soul as well as humor characterize this beautiful film.
18 July 2000 | by Peegee-3See all my reviews

I just returned from seeing "Xizhao" and am still under its soulful spell. How rare to see a film of this calibre, unafraid of tenderness and caring, but at the same time not maudlin or overtly heavy-handed...and particularly rare when this feeling is among men...in this case, a father and his two grown sons, one retarded, the other estranged and ambitious. How these relationships, and others, unfold, how one son's willing sacrifice brings deep humanity into the limited life of the other is a joy to behold. In among all these machinations there is delightful humor in and around the bathhouse setting. I recommend this film unreservedly.


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