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Still Life (2006)

San xia hao ren (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Family | 16 November 2006 (Hong Kong)
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A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes.

Director:

Zhangke Jia

Writers:

Zhangke Jia (screenplay), Na Guan | 1 more credit »
14 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Tao Zhao ... Shen Hong
Zhou Lan Zhou Lan ... Huang Mao
Sanming Han ... Sanming
Lizhen Ma Lizhen Ma ... Missy Ma
Hongwei Wang Hongwei Wang ... Wang Dongming
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kai Chen Kai Chen
Ronghu Chen Ronghu Chen
Jian Chieng Jian Chieng
Chuanan Fang Chuanan Fang
Zhongming He Zhongming He
Yong Huang Yong Huang
Deping Jiang Deping Jiang
Shiping Jiang Shiping Jiang
Tianyah Lan Tianyah Lan
Bin Li Bin Li
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Against the backdrop of the mammoth Three Gorges Dam engineering project in the declining city of Fengjie, a poor mine worker from Shanxi, Sanming, arrives in the dilapidated town in the hope of finding his unknown daughter and his ex-wife, Missy Ma, who left him nearly 16 years ago. But in the meantime, a nurse from Taiyuan, Shen Hong, also comes to Fengjie in search of her husband who's been missing for almost two years. Though Shen and Sanming are two perfect strangers, their parallel quests for their beloved missing ones signify the urgency to retrieve what lies hidden in the past, as man is dwarfed by an ever-changing landscape which threatens to bury one's memories deep under water. Written by Nick Riganas

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Drama | Family

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Brother Mark: You're a nostalgist.
Shen Hong: We can't forget who we are.
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Features A Better Tomorrow (1986) See more »

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Like a painting
16 September 2006 | by enzino-1See all my reviews

Known previously as a documentary, and not as a romance, "Sanxia Haoren" ("Still Life") was the surprise — and last — film in Venice Festival (Italy) and not even the first one film of the young maker (he already had another movie in competition). Mr Jia shows us China just as it is nowadays. Not the power of huge works, or the beautiful scenery, just as the Dam on the Yangsi River nearby, but simple Chinese people, with simple problems, that do not know nothing such happiness (yet). It's heartbreaking, it's wonderfully filmed, it's like a superb painting. A simple masterpiece (and not only a Golden Lion). The surprise at Venice's Mostra. Catherine Deneuve, the French president of the jury of Venice, was very moved by Jia's work, the story told and the emotion of that film.


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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

16 November 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Still Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Fengjie, China See more »

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Budget:

CNY10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,744, 20 January 2008

Gross USA:

$76,983

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,504,465
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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