Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining he has TB; Yuwan embroiders; they sleep in separate rooms. A surprise visit from...
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The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son, but he is forced to steal again after the birth... See full summary »
Yu Hong leaves her home village and starts university in Beijing, where she develops a consuming and compulsive relationship with another student. The student riots from 1989 then ensue and take a toll on their lives.
Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a ... See full summary »
Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining he has TB; Yuwan embroiders; they sleep in separate rooms. A surprise visit from Liyan's boyhood friend Zhang, a big city physician, wakes up the household. To Zhang's amazement, he discovers his friend's wife is his own youthful sweetheart. Possibilities abound: an affair, an arranged marriage of Zhang and Little Sister, now 16, or simply ending ennui and embracing vitality. Can a stifling atmosphere of Chinese Chekhov give way to spring? Alcohol at a birthday party speeds resolution.Written by
Master of contemporary criticism, the director tried to continue his work despite the setback of Blue Kite (Lan Feng Zheng, 1993). It was nearly ten years since his last movie, Blue Kite and this time, the director is forced back to the old cautious approach of using old China to mask the criticism of the contemporary China.
The major theme behind the movie, is that everyone knows that something is not right and something needs to be done, but nobody does anything significant, and things are back to the way it was. This theme is the reflection of current China, and the member of its regime: everyone knows reforms needs to be speed up and deepened but nobody does anything and things are just the way it was, if no worse.
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