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Cow (2009)

Dou niu (original title)
A Chinese peasant is given the responsibility of protecting his village's special dairy cow during a particularly harsh winter in 1940.


Hu Guan


Hu Guan (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Bo Huang ... Niu Er
Ni Yan ... Jiu'er
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hu Gao Hu Gao ... Soldier
Tsukagoshi Hirotaka Tsukagoshi Hirotaka ... Shibuya
Longyin Hu Longyin Hu ... Escapee
Xiaoguang Hu Xiaoguang Hu ... Guo Jun
Zi Hua Zi Hua ... Doctor
Xi Lai ... Er Nao
Jie Liu Jie Liu ... Old Patriarch, Lao Zu
Xiang-Jing Liu Xiang-Jing Liu ... People's Liberation Army
Tielong Shang Tielong Shang ... Shi San Shu
Tenma Shibuya ... Terada
Song Sun Song Sun ... Guerrillas
Zeru Tao Zeru Tao ... Yuan Zhang, department head
Jun Zhao ... Bandit


A Chinese peasant is given the responsibility of protecting his village's special dairy cow during a particularly harsh winter in 1940.

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11 September 2009 (China) See more »

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Of cows and people
26 November 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

Niu Er gets in charge of the cow of the 8th Division in the middle of the war, with Japanese, communists, nationalists, bandits, and probably everyone else in China in that time, close by. He will try to keep the cow alive and protected while also avoiding being killed himself. Slowly, a bond is created between them two. But with all the dangers around them, survival seems almost impossible.

"Cow" is a quite entertaining and interesting movie. Centered on Bo Huang's Niu Er, we jump in time constantly, while getting to know more about the two protagonists and their relationship. It is amazing how the director, the script and Bo Huang all make the cow another character with personality and spirit, sometimes even out-acting people around her. All other characters, from the Japanese soldiers to the townsfolk, just seem to be there to help the plot advance and show Niu Er and the cow in different moments of their relationship. Luckily, so much jumping in time does not make the plot difficult to follow or messy; however the movie can't overcome some shortcomings in pace and it could have been a tiny bit shorter.

In the middle of war, death and violence, a cow and the only human survivor show how friendship and love can be born anywhere and from anyone. Good movie.

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