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Mountains May Depart (2015)

Shan he gu ren (original title)
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The life of Tao, and those close to her, is explored in three different time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025.

Director:

Zhangke Jia

Writer:

Zhangke Jia (screenplay)
15 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tao Zhao ... Shen Tao
Yi Zhang ... Zhang Jinsheng
Jing Dong Liang Jing Dong Liang ... Liang Jangjung aka Liangzi
Zijian Dong ... Zhang Daole aka Dollar
Sylvia Chang ... Mia
Sanming Han ... Liangzi's friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Harvey Patrick Harvey ... Train Passenger
Russell Lambe Russell Lambe ... Golfer
Lu Liu ... Liang's Wife
Zishan Rong ... Zhang Daole aka Dollar (Child)
Anna Sasson Anna Sasson ... Travel clerk
Yee Yang Yee Yang ... Travel clerk
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Storyline

China, 1999. Childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier Zhang. They soon have a son he names Dollar... From China to Australia, the lives, loves, hopes and disillusions of a family over two generations in a society changing at breakneck speed. Written by Ipsith

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | France | Japan

Language:

Chinese | Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

30 October 2015 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Mountains May Depart See more »

Filming Locations:

Fenyang, Shanxi, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,691, 19 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,244, 22 May 2016
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The young boy who plays Tao's son in 2014 is also part of the crowd of children that watches her perform at the new year's celebrations in 1999. See more »

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Mia: The hardest thing about love is caring.
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15 October 2017 | by martin-fennellSee all my reviews

For the most part, this is a beautifully written movie. The direction and acting are excellent throughout. The writing is too. although the sequence set in Australia is rather unnecessary. I have read reviews saying they found this sequence awkward. it is mostly in English. I didn't find it awkward. It just didn't bring anything to the movie. We could have been spending more time with the wonderful Tao Zhao. As I said all the performances are excellent. But it's her's you will remember, and the film does end perfectly


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