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Still Life (2006)

Sanxia haoren (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 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 »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

CNY 10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,036, 20 January 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$68,236, 16 March 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#02, tied with "Inland Empire" and "Death Proof"). See more »

Quotes

Brother Mark: You're a nostalgist.
Shen Hong: We can't forget who we are.
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a glimpse of the real China
8 January 2008 | by omphalodesSee all my reviews

I think this is an outstanding movie.

Having lived in China for the last 3 years, I've not seen a movie that so completely encompasses the reality of life here. The sounds, the smells, the touch of real life saturates this film.

For Sinophiles everywhere this is a must-watch movie.

China aside, the cinematography feels like a work of art. The slow panning camera, the oblique angles, the over long lingering of the camera on the scenes, the moments of surreality in what is otherwise a movie grounded in the "real", the beautiful stills etc...

The movie is full of humanity and compassion, great depth and emotion.

More people should watch this!


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