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Piao liang ma ma (2000)

Gong Li stars in this low-key drama about a single mother who will do anything to provide for her son. Sun Liying (Li) struggles to care for her hearing-impaired child Zheng Da (Gao Xin) after her taxi driver husband divorces.

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Zhou Sun
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Cast

Cast overview:
Li Gong ... Sun Liying
Xin Gao ... Zheng Da
Jing-ming Shi Jing-ming Shi ... Fang Zipin
Yue Guan ... Zheng Peidong
Xiuqing Yue Xiuqing Yue ... Da He
Chengru Li Chengru Li ... Jia
Liping Lü ... Jiao
Kesheng Lei Kesheng Lei ... Newspaper Station Manager
Qing Lin Qing Lin ... Mrs. Luo
Yufeng Zhou Yufeng Zhou ... Yanzi
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Gong Li stars in this low-key drama about a single mother who will do anything to provide for her son. Sun Liying (Li) struggles to care for her hearing-impaired child Zheng Da (Gao Xin) after her taxi driver husband divorces.

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

28 February 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaking the Silence See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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A powerful yet understated portrait of life in modern China.
26 April 2000 | by planet_mamooSee all my reviews

Chinese screen goddess Gong Li plays a single mother in contemporary Beijing who struggles to educate and raise her deaf son. This film, which was very popular at the Berlin Film Festival, is a very moving portrayal of the struggle to get by in modern China. Gong Li, who reportedly didn't wear any makeup in this movie, is utterly convincing in her role, as is the charming lad who plays her son. Director Zhou Sun gives the film the stark feel of a documentary. There is little music, plenty of background noise, and everywhere are reminders -- mostly in ruins -- of China's ancient past. All in all, "Breaking the Silence" does an excellent job in exploring the fight -- often a hopeless, stubborn, bull-headed battle -- to ensure a better future for our children. It also reminds us that, in a China with almost no social services at all, most people are too busy trying to survive to worry about politics.


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