7.3/10
1,536
7 user 49 critic

Io sono Li (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 September 2011 (Italy)
Trailer
1:47 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

Director:

Andrea Segre

Writers:

Andrea Segre (story), Andrea Segre (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
19 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Corrado, a policeman for the European task force in charge of immigration control, is on a field assignment in Libya. During a night patrol in the desert, he meets Swada, a young Somaliwoman who left her war-ravaged country.

Director: Andrea Segre
Stars: Paolo Pierobon, Giuseppe Battiston, Fabrizio Ferracane
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high on the hills of Calabria, at the southernmost tip of Italy. He herds goats under skies that most villagers have ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
Stars: Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano
La prima neve (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Andrea Segre
Stars: Matteo Marchel, Jean-Christophe Folly, Anita Caprioli
Cuori puri (2017)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Agnese and Stefano are profoundly different. She is only seventeen, lives with her mother (a harsh but devoted woman and a regular church-goer) and is about to take a vow of chastity to ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto De Paolis
Stars: Selene Caramazza, Simone Liberati, Barbora Bobulova
Hors Satan (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In a village on the French Opal Coast, a drifter engages in a perplexing relationship with a young woman who has suffered abuse.

Director: Bruno Dumont
Stars: David Dewaele, Alexandra Lemâtre, Christophe Bon
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In Sicily, the mine worker Carmelo "Mimí" Mardocheo votes in the Communist Party candidate instead of in the Mafia's one believing that the suffrage is secret. After the elections, he loses... See full summary »

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Turi Ferro
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Enrico Giusti works to help agencies getting out of bad management situations. The sudden death of two entrepreneurs leaves their young children in charge of the family business. This will be a huge challenge for Enrico.

Director: Gianni Zanasi
Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Giuseppe Battiston, Hadas Yaron
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man returns to the place where his father was murdered and tries to find closure. But he finds himself in a similar predicament as his late father instead.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars: Giulio Brogi, Alida Valli, Pippo Campanini
Matterhorn (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A lonely widower finds himself facing both his own regrets and his devout Calvinist community when he takes a deranged vagrant into his home.

Director: Diederik Ebbinge
Stars: Ton Kas, René van 't Hof, Porgy Franssen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tao Zhao ... Shun Li (as Zhao Tao)
Rade Serbedzija ... Bepi, il poeta (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Marco Paolini Marco Paolini ... Coppe
Roberto Citran ... Avvocato
Giuseppe Battiston ... Devis
Giordano Bacci Giordano Bacci ... Baffo
Spartaco Mainardi Spartaco Mainardi ... Maicol
Zhong Cheng Zhong Cheng ... Zang
Wang Yuan Wang Yuan ... Lian
Amleto Voltolina Amleto Voltolina ... Bode
Andrea Pennacchi Andrea Pennacchi ... Sandro
Guo Qiang Xu Guo Qiang Xu ... Boss (as Xu Guo Qiang)
Sara Perini Sara Perini ... Sara, moglie di Devis
Federico Hu Federico Hu ... Xiao Ming, figlio di Shun Li
Hi Zhijian Hi Zhijian ... Majong Player
Edit

Storyline

A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Mandarin

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A lány és a költő See more »

Filming Locations:

Chioggia, Venice, Veneto, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Shun Li: I ask the heavenly guardian to open to me. Leaning in the doorway, he scrutinizes me. A whirlwind spins with a greeting from clouds and rainbows.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Pauline détective (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Radiant, Wondrous Poem as Film
21 June 2013 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Film Movement continues to bring to our attention treasures of cinematic art that we might not otherwise see. IL SONO LI (SHUN LI AND THE POET) is one of those rare gems of a movie that in a very gentle, quiet, simple fashion tells a story that in some way connects us all. Written and directed by Andrea Segre it gives notice of a major new light in cinema and we can only hope the success of this film will encourage him to create more in this genre.

Shun Li (Zhao Tao) works in a textile factory in the outskirts of Rome to enable her to get her papers that allow her eight-year-old son to come to Italy. She is part of the large Chinese organization that makes money off cheap labor in another country to keep the immigrants in a near slave like contract. She is suddenly transferred to Chioggia, a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon, to work as a bartender in a café pub. She rooms with another girl in similar circumstances. Bepi (Rade Serbedzija), an older Yugoslavian fisherman, nicknamed the Poet by his friends, has been a regular at that little pub for years: he left Yugoslavia at the time of the overthrow of Tito. Shun Li and Bepi are two lonely souls far away from homeland. Their encounter is a quiet almost poetic escape from solitude, a silent dialogue between cultures that are different, yet not more distant. They become close friends, but their friendship upsets both the Chinese and local communities, who interfere with this new voyage, and after confrontations and threats and fears, Shun Li returns to the factories until something beautiful happens and she returns to share this with her friend - a moment that is as touching in its surprise and tenderness as any on film.

The supporting cast is strong - both Chinese and Italian - and the cinematography by Luca Bigazzi is breathtakingly beautiful. The quiet, unintrusive but salient musical score is by François Couturier. This film is a soulful, eloquent exploration into the human heart made more poignant because of the coming together of tow immigrants who must now share a foreign language. In Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles. Highly Recommended.

Grady Harp


19 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed