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Mei ren cao (2003)

| Drama | 2003 (China)
In the summer of 1974, Xing-Yu (Shu Qi) meets and falls in love with a rebel, Si-Mong. A member of the Chinese People's Army, her comrades immediately frown on their relationship. Her ... See full summary »

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Yue Lü

Writer:

Xiaoke Shi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bin Fang Bin Fang ... Ding Guo Yuan
Chuang Chen Chuang Chen ... Shan Lin
Mengnan Li Mengnan Li ... Manager Wu
Yunqing He Yunqing He ... Supply Chief
Chengyuan Li Chengyuan Li ... Company Commander
Xiao Yuan Fu Xiao Yuan Fu ... Political Instructor
Yiwei Liu Yiwei Liu ... Master Cui
Yang Xi Yang Xi ... Shaman
Qichao He Qichao He ... Dog Fart (child)
Jun Cui Jun Cui ... Dog Fart (grown)
Shimin Zhang Shimin Zhang ... Yuan Xiao Yu (child)
Lucen Li Lucen Li ... Yuan Xiao Yu (grown)
Kaige Zhu Kaige Zhu ... Library Curator
Jing Zhang Jing Zhang ... Lian Yun
Jianyun Yao Jianyun Yao ... Bus Driver
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In the summer of 1974, Xing-Yu (Shu Qi) meets and falls in love with a rebel, Si-Mong. A member of the Chinese People's Army, her comrades immediately frown on their relationship. Her leader and childhood sweetheart, Yuan, then enlists her in a plan to betray Si-Mong in exchange for a discharge so she may return home to care for her sick father. Will Xing-Yu choose country and politics over love? Written by Tam An Nguyen

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

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2003 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Foliage See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Love and Fate
11 December 2005 | by PiranianRoseSee all my reviews

"Fate is fate whether or not it binds you to another person. Likewise, Love is love whether or not it binds you to another person."

According to China.Org.Cn, "This heart-wrenching film, The Foliage, is to date, the most touching love story to hit the Chinese box office." While this movie is not bad, the above description is grossly exaggerated. The Foliage is a decent recount of life when young Chinese intellectuals were required to move to the countryside for re-education. Shu Qi aficionados and those who can identify with pre-commercialized Mainland China will probably discover the most fondness here.

This movie offers a thought-provoking take on fate. It reinforces the notion that we are all connected in a big web, and Anyone has the power to alter his/her life or someone else's life, whether intentional or not. To make this point unmistakable, the filmmaker concludes the film with the tip of an iceberg to an ALTERNATIVE fate of the story, caused by a slight difference in one character's action. Who can say what the outcome of the story will be in this alternative fate?

As a side note, the story takes place in south China's Yunnan province, and the entire cast seems to speak either the local dialect or the Beijing-accent Mandarin, except for our lead actress Shu Qi. Coming from Taiwan, her Mandarin has an unmistakable Taiwanese flavor, and the film does not try to disguise her accent or explain why it is out of place with the rest of the characters.


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