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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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,789, 27 May 2002
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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poignant, the Chinese way
6 January 2010 | by Daniel ThuSee all my reviews

The first thing I felt after finishing the film is that Chinese are very, very reserved in their expression of feelings; but in this film it becomes an inseparable element to the film.

The storyline is simple and straightforwardly sad: no twists, no surprises, and we all know what is bound to happen in the end, yet we hold on to that one hope that things will get better for the characters. It's one of those tear-jerker films you watch to get a kick out of the sadness.

Chris Babida composed the soundtrack for the film and I must say he did it again! The music blended really well with the film and somehow I felt peaceful towards the end of the movie. He also wrote the soundtrack for the 1998 gay-themed Bishonen, another very poignant and very sad film. I'm just glad they invested in using real string sections for the music instead of MIDI strings! Worth the watch if you occasionally enjoy slow-paced sad Chinese movies with rather literary dialog, and for better enjoyment, watch when you have a lot of time to kill and in silence so you can enjoy every sight and sound of the film.


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