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Lu de shui (2016)

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In an effort to draw more funding from the government, faculty members of a rural Chinese school try to pass off an uneducated laborer as a qualified teacher.

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Lu Liu, Shen Zhou

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Lu Liu, Shen Zhou
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Cast

Credited cast:
Suxi Ren Suxi Ren
Li Da Li Da ... Principal Sun
Shuailiang Liu Shuailiang Liu ... Tienan
Kuishan Pei Kuishan Pei ... Pei Kuishan
Alan Aruna Alan Aruna ... Coppersmith (as Alan)
Yanbo Han Yanbo Han ... Special staff
Guanjin Bu Guanjin Bu ... Sun Jia
Kun Wang Kun Wang ... Coppersmith's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yang Gao Yang Gao ... Secretary
Haoliang Liu Haoliang Liu ... Driver
Arthur Mclarty Arthur Mclarty ... Ross (as Arthur McLarty)
Qianyue Su Qianyue Su ... Police sergeant
Feng Wang Feng Wang ... The accompanying doctor
Shen Zhou Shen Zhou ... Photographer
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In order to pay for the donkey that brings them water, a countryside village registers it as a teacher at its local school. But,when the charity group that funds the school visits for an inspection, the village has to find ways to hide their secret. Written by China Lion

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

28 October 2016 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Lv de shui See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,931, 30 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$356,023, 2 December 2016
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2.35 : 1
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A tragedy that doesn't really go anywhere
20 August 2018 | by holtom5See all my reviews

The first thing to say is that this is a tragedy, first and foremost, with some comic elements.

Because it seems to be described in many places as a comedy movie, which, along with the whimsical movie poster, might give you this impression that this is a going to be a feel-good experience. But no; while it has some funny jokes, they basically finish up by the middle of the movie and the rest is just a succession of appalling things being said and done.

It's a morality tale; some relatively relateable characters start by telling white lies for the greater good but end up digging themselves into ever worsening problems.

And herein lies the main issue I have: you can have a comedy movie where everything goes wrong: a black comedy. But if there's no humor and you're making an outright tragedy, then you need some other elements to sustain such a story. Here, it feels like they make a point by the end of the first act, and then that point just gets repeated, more and more painfully, through the second and third acts with little entertainment value.

The 4 stars are because the acting is very good.


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