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Xiang ri kui (2005)

Relationship between father and son on a background of Maoist regime in China in the mid-20th century. The father, a painter by profession, interned in a labor camp for "re-education" and ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Zhang Xiuqing
Zhang Fan ... Zhang Xiangyang - 9 years old
Ge Gao ... Zhang Xiangyang - 19 years old
Ge Gao ... Zhang Xiangyang - 19 years old
Wang Haidi ... Zhang Xiangyang - 30 years old
Bin Li ... Xiao Ji Shi
... Xiangyang's wife
Zifeng Liu ... Old Liu
... Zhang Gengnian
Hong Yihao
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Relationship between father and son on a background of Maoist regime in China in the mid-20th century. The father, a painter by profession, interned in a labor camp for "re-education" and loses his ability to paint. he teaches his son to draw, but does so obsessively. The convoluted relationship between father and son that spread over the period of childhood, adolescence and maturity of the son are being resolved in a surprising and sensitive way. Written by B-T. Horowitz

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$4,195, 19 August 2007, Limited Release

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$23,307, 16 September 2007
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Xiangyang's paintings at the exhibition were done by the contemporary Chinese artist, Zhang Xiaogang. See more »

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A beautiful, moving film
30 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I recently watched this brilliant piece of cinema and was blown away by it. It takes us on a 30 year journey from a boy to man and his relationship with his parents, especially his father who was sent to a work camp during Mao's cultural revolution and returns when the boy is seven. From this point in time father and son clash as to what each one expects of the other. The interpersonal relationships between father and son, mother and son , husband and wife and the friendship between the father and his neighbour are just wonderful. This film shows us that throughout the world father's and son's encounter the same dilemma's and parents have the same worries about their children where ever they live in the world. Superb. Well worth watching. It is beautifully shot, the screenplay is great and the acting is fantastic. What more could you want.


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