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Springtime in a Small Town (2002)

Xiao cheng zhi chun (original title)
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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... See full summary »

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Zhuangzhuang Tian

Writers:

Cheng Ah, Mu Fei | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jingfan Hu Jingfan Hu ... Yuwen
Jun Wu Jun Wu ... Dai Liyan
Bai Qing Xin Bai Qing Xin ... Zhang Zhichen
Xiao Keng Ye Xiao Keng Ye ... Lao Huang
Si Si Lu Si Si Lu ... Dai Xiu
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

11 December 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Springtime in a Small Town See more »

Filming Locations:

Wu Zhen, Zhejiang, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,506, 16 May 2004

Gross USA:

$43,017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,751
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Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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back to the cautious approach after Blue Kite
21 November 2003 | by zzmaleSee all my reviews

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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