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Zhou Yu de huo che (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 1 August 2002 (China)
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Zhou Yu, a ceramic decorative artist, travels twice a week from her home town of San Ming to Chongyang to visit her boyfriend, Chen Qing, a government worker and budding poet. The two met ... See full summary »

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Zhou Sun

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Cun Bei (novel), Zhou Sun | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Li Gong ... Zhou Yu / Xiu
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Chen Qing
Honglei Sun ... Zhang Qiang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zhixiong Li Zhixiong Li
Chunling Shi Chunling Shi ... Xiang
Yanhui Wang Yanhui Wang
Heng Zhang ... Zhang Qiang's sister
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Storyline

Zhou Yu, a ceramic decorative artist, travels twice a week from her home town of San Ming to Chongyang to visit her boyfriend, Chen Qing, a government worker and budding poet. The two met at a dance while Chen Qing was in San Ming, his old home town, on a business trip. She is the inspiration for the best of his poetry. Zhou Yu is a strong willed woman, whereas Cheng Qing is a sensitive soul. These differences in addition to the growing disparity in their life situations places an unspoken strain in their relationship, despite each truly loving the other. As such, Zhou Yu befriends Zhang Qiang, a veterinarian who travels on the same trains as her. Like Zhou Yu, Zhang Qiang is a strong personality whose emotional temperament more closely matches hers. Ultimately, the three, individually and collectively, have to decide if, and if so how each of the others fits into his/her future life, especially as Cheng Qing has to make a further decision about his professional life. Written by Huggo

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A woman torn between a man and a memory See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics (us)

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1 August 2002 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Zhou Yu's Train See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,933, 18 July 2004

Gross USA:

$141,666
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Goofs

When Zhou Yu and Zhang get off the train at the deserted Xan Hu Station she is wearing brown shoes. They set off to look for Xan Hu Lake. While walking on the grassy slopes looking for the Lake, Zhou Yu is now wearing sneakers with blue tops and thick white rubber soles. When they get back to the train station, she is wearing brown shoes again. Her pocketbook is very flat and not fat enough to hold a spare pair of footwear. See more »

Quotes

narrator: [subtitled version] I finally understand that a lover is a mirror, through which you can see yourself more clearly.
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Features Jamón, Jamón (1992) See more »

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This is a train you don't have to rush in order to catch...
22 February 2016 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Director Zhou Sun's movie from 2002 was somewhat of a rather long ordeal to get through. And I say that with the best of heart, because I was really trying to get submerged into this movie with heart and spirit, but it just never really spoke out to me or captivated me.

"Zhou Yu's Train" (aka "Zhou Yu de huo che") felt like a three hour long movie despite it just running at an average 1 hour and 37 minutes. It was the prolonged storytelling and constantly dragged out scenes where you watch Li Gong either walking in slow motion or sitting around lost in thought that made the movie seem like it was taking forever to get nowhere.

And getting nowhere is exactly what director Zhou Sun managed to do with this movie. It is the story of Zhou Yu (played by Li Gong) a ceramic artist who travels a long distance twice a week by train in order to see her poet boyfriend Chen Qing (played by Tony Ka Fai Leung). During her numerous trips back and forth Zhou Yu befriends Zhang Qiang (played by Honglei Sun) a veterinarian who is enamored with the young artist.

It should be said that the acting in the movie and the three main acting talents really did perform quite well throughout the course of the movie. They were just limited by the directorial hand of Zhou Sun.

Storywise, then "Zhou Yu's Train" doesn't really come up with anything overly new or impressive, nor does it move the Asian cinema by any means. Sure, if you are a fan of Li Gong then there is some enjoyment to be had here, but as fan of the broader Asian cinema then "Zhou Yu's Train" came off as too slow paced and not overly much happening.

"Zhou Yu's Train" pulls a mere four of ten stars from me as the train is departing the station. I wasn't particularly impressed with the movie, and it took the director forever to virtually get nowhere. However, it should be said that the ending of the movie was quite good, although it wasn't much of a surprise twist.


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