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Zhantai (2000)

A theatre troupe from rural Fenyang struggles under the decline of communism and rise of popular culture in China in the 1980s.

Director:

Zhangke Jia

Writer:

Zhangke Jia

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hongwei Wang Hongwei Wang ... Minliang
Tao Zhao ... Ruijuan
Jing Dong Liang Jing Dong Liang ... Chang Jun
Tian-yi Yang Tian-yi Yang ... Zhong Pin
Bo Wang Bo Wang ... Yao Eryong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sanming Han ... Sanming
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Storyline

Set in Fenyang, Shanxi Province, the film focuses on a group of amateur theatre troupe performers whose fate mirrors that of the general population in China as massive socio-economic changes sweep across the mainland. The film commences in 1979 with the troupe performing numbers idolizing Mao Zedong, ending in the '80s when the shows reflect the strong Western influences pervading China, covering a decade in which China saw tremendous changes. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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contemplative cinema | 1980s | See All (2) »

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Drama | History

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | China | Japan | France

Language:

Mandarin | Shanxi

Release Date:

29 August 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Fenyang, China See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (Tokyo FILMeX 2000)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The song 'Genghis Khan' by George Lam is a cover of the German European Song Contest 1979 Entry 'Dschinghis Khan'. See more »

Connections

Features Awaara (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Bianjiang de quanshui qing you chun (Frontier springs flow clear and pure)
Performed by 'Li Guyi'
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Brilliant ! !
25 February 2007 | by berlinberlin2004See all my reviews

It is kind of sad to read these sad comments about being "bored" with this wonderful film, or "not understanding the characters".

This film is so full of atmosphere, and yes, emotion... but it is not shoved down your throat with typical Hollywood dramatic tricks... it is something you have to have the time and will to discover. That makes is so much closer and valuable.

Film IS about seeing, and the fact that there are hardly any close-ups in this film gives our eyes the freedom to discover things in the frame. It is also, I believe a much more respectful way to film actors generally.

This is a great film, I hope we see many more from this young director!


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