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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
Zheng Fang Zheng Fang
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

Gross USA:

$1,157,764

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,170,446
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A little slice of a fading Beijing
7 June 2004 | by pathertoSee all my reviews

Shower keeps within itself in so many ways. Almost all of the movie takes place in an old- time bathhouse, with the denizens supplying the humor, pathos, and emotional touches. The love and friendship between the proprietor and his retarded son is deep and moving. The way the older brother is drawn into this tiny world seems unforced and persuasive. The plot is meandering, full of surprises and ironies, and touched overall by a sense of what I'd have to call neighborliness in the relations and conflicts of the performers. This is a film I pull out when I want to believe in the world again.


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