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Fleeing by Night (2000)

Ye ben (original title)
Set in China in the 1930s, the film is about the unsettling relationship between three characters. Ing'er, the daughter of a theatre-owner, welcomes the return of Shao-dung, her fiancee and... See full summary »

Directors:

Li-Kong Hsu, Chi Yin
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Rene Liu ... Wei Ying Er
Lei Huang ... Hsu Shaodong
Chao-te Yin ... Lin Chung
Leon Dai ... Huang Zilei (as Li-jen Tai)
Yaoxuan Shu Yaoxuan Shu
Ah-Lei Gua ... (as Ya-Lei Kuei)
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Storyline

Set in China in the 1930s, the film is about the unsettling relationship between three characters. Ing'er, the daughter of a theatre-owner, welcomes the return of Shao-dung, her fiancee and a fine cellist from America. Shao-dung soon finds himself captivated by the opera "Fleeing By Night" and its celebrated actor, Lin Chung, whose voice seems to articulate something within himself. While Shao-dung attempts to blend eastern and western music, Ing'er becomes torn between her affection for both men, and an awareness of the growing intimacy between them. Written by Strand Releasing <www.strandreleasing.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Taiwan | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

14 October 2000 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fleeing by Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,363, 5 May 2002

Gross USA:

$12,789
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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How to Say "Four Hankie Special" in Chinese
3 August 2004 | by B24See all my reviews

Apart from the 1948 Chrysler featured in many scenes that were ostensibly meant to depict China in about 1939, this is not a film to be challenged as to its settings. Everything about it suggests authenticity, even to the point of wondering whether it was based on fact. Although the story itself has some structural flaws in coherence, it is a very well made movie indeed.

I was struck by the musical score especially; it is by far one of the most expert blendings of Eastern and Western tonality I have heard in cinema. While traditional Chinese opera remains a mystery to me, I can appreciate how it must be essential to any full understanding of the story line. (Though "stagey" is the adjective that comes to mind, in terms of both the film and the opera within the film.)

Indeed, there is more than a little soap opera here. I am thinking Stella Dallas as played by Anna Mae Wong, or Love is A Many Splendored Thing with two guys in the main roles. But I am being facetious. I really liked this movie for its heart, and recommend it highly.

I do wish I had more information on the actors and director, however. I have no way of knowing whether this came out of Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or somewhere else.


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