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The Nightingale (2013)

Ye Ying - Le promeneur d'oiseau (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 6 November 2015 (USA)
2:05 | Trailer
The story of an elderly man and his granddaughter who walk together through China with a bird in a cage.


Philippe Muyl


Philippe Muyl
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Baotian Li ... Zhu Zhi Gen (Grandfather) (as Li Bao Tian)
Xiaoran Li ... Ren Quan Ying (Mother) (as Xiao Ran Li)
Hao Qin ... Zhu Chong Yi (Father)
Xin Yi Yang Xin Yi Yang ... Ren Xing
Rui Ying Li Rui Ying Li ... Professeur de dance (dance teacher)
Huan Huan Wei Huan Huan Wei ... Secrétaire de Chong Yi (Ching Yi's secretary)
Jie Liu Jie Liu ... Vieil homme de parc (Old man in the park)
Jian Lan Shi Jian Lan Shi ... Lan
Zong Shun Yao Zong Shun Yao ... Li Feng Shu
Ni Suo Ni Suo ... Animatrice
Yue Hai Huang Yue Hai Huang ... Chauffeur du bus (bus driver)
Jun Neng Liang Jun Neng Liang ... Paysan (peasant)
Jin Li Wu Jin Li Wu ... Pecheur (fisherman)
Peng Liang Yang Peng Liang Yang ... A Lang
Jin Huo Yang Jin Huo Yang ... Mei Jiang


The story of an elderly man and his granddaughter who walk together through China with a bird in a cage.

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Drama | Family


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Did You Know?


The grandfather tells Ren Xing, that he has owned his Nightingale for 18yrs, however, the average age of these birds is only ~2yrs See more »


Ne lache pas ma main
Written by Philippe Muyl and Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen
Performed by Vanessa Cailhol with Alban Sautour on guitar
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User Reviews

Incredibly sweet blend of fast and slow China
19 May 2014 | by anji2See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and I really enjoyed the story as well as the views of rural and village China. I travel in China myself by long distance bus and (not speed) train, the portrayal seemed very genuine and sincere as well as the scenes of village life. The shots of the environment were breathtaking and the exploration of the value of being "unplugged" and connected to family and roots was just beautiful. I did find it interesting that they translated "QQ" to "Skype"... I understand why but... I suppose there wasn't a better option. Anyway, I would highly recommend this film for anyone who is a lover of travel within China or is interested modern Chinese culture and scenery. The vocabulary is great for those learning Mandarin, too.

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Official Sites:

UGC Distribution [France]


China | France



Release Date:

6 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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