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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Call me old-fashioned but.....
13 March 2001 | by zappafreakSee all my reviews

What a refreshing film. Da Ming, the eldest brother returns to his fathers bath-house business because he thinks his father is ill. When he finds out the contrary, he wants to go back to the big city, but soon realizes that his family is more important than making money.

Millions of people are flocking to see "Hannibal" disembowel and eat people. How nice to see a film about people who love each other and are NICE to each other.

A funny, touching, heartbreaking, wonderful movie that will make you feel better about the human race, rather than want to retch.


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