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Letter from an Unknown Woman (2004)

Yi ge mo sheng nu ren de lai xin (original title)
Peking, 1948. A winter night. A man returns home to find a letter awaiting him written by a woman before her death. in the letter she tells him the story of her love for him -a life-long ... See full summary »

Director:

Jinglei Xu

Writers:

Jinglei Xu, Stefan Zweig (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jue Huang Jue Huang ... The Officer / Captain Huang
Wen Jiang ... Writer / Mr. Xu
Huang Jiao Huang Jiao ... Officer Huang
Yuan Lin Yuan Lin ... Girl
Enran Ma Enran Ma ... Stepfather
Xiaoming Su Xiaoming Su ... Mother
Zihao Su Zihao Su ... Son
Feihu Sun Feihu Sun ... Steward
Jinglei Xu ... Woman / Miss Jiang
Baomo Zhang Baomo Zhang ... Landlady
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Storyline

Peking, 1948. A winter night. A man returns home to find a letter awaiting him written by a woman before her death. in the letter she tells him the story of her love for him -a life-long passion that has not diminished over time, but one that he has never known. her story spans 18 years from the moment she -then a 13 year-old girl- sets her eyes on her new neighbor. she tells their brief but passionate love in her youthi the hardship she goes through raising their child alone, and their final encounter after the war, during which the man fails tor ecognize her and one which leaves her in despair. Now having lost her son, she no longer has the courage to live on. Only in a letter is she capable of telling him everything, for the first and the last time. shaken by the letter, the man searches his memory for the nameless woman. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

4 March 2005 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Carta de uma Desconhecida See more »

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Budget:

CNY 20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When the man brings the woman to his home in the "Six years later" segment (which takes place in the late 1930s), the woman brushes her hand against the spine of the second volume of the World Book Dictionary as she admires his books. The first edition of the dictionary was published in 1963. See more »

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References The Glass Key (1942) See more »

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Immense beauty
13 July 2008 | by sergepesicSee all my reviews

Long, languid shots of an immense beauty define this beautiful story. Warm, gentle colors fill the screen with stunning images and sounds, both music and painful silence awaken all our senses. This is a movie of a different kind than the average Western viewer sees in the theaters.It doesn't bombard you with explosions and cheap thrills. It doesn't cherish the obvious and trite. It dares to force the viewer to introspect and face the disquiet. This is a different world, where the real action and thrill is in the eye of the beholder, where director is not expected or required to chew everything for us, so that, God forbid, the viewer doesn't choke on the plethora of meaning. And guess what? We survived and we are better for it.Thank you.


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