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An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

Da xiang xi di er zuo (original title)
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Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.

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Bo Hu (as Qian Hu)

Writer:

Bo Hu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yu Zhang Yu Zhang ... Yu Cheng
Yuchang Peng ... Wei Bu
Uvin Wang ... Huang Ling (as Wang Yuwen)
Congxi Li Congxi Li ... Wang Jin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xiang Rong Dong Xiang Rong Dong ... Dean
Jing Guo Jing Guo ... Dean's wife
Zhao-Yan Guo-Zhang Zhao-Yan Guo-Zhang ... Bu's father (as Guozhang ZhaoYan)
Miaomiao He Miaomiao He ... Cheng's friend's Mother
Ximan Huang Ximan Huang ... White dog's female owner
Wei Kong Wei Kong ... Jin's son-in-law
Yixin Kong Yixin Kong ... Jin's granddaughter
Binyuan Li Binyuan Li ... Scapler
Danyi Li Danyi Li ... Jin's daughter
Qing LI Qing LI ... White dog's male owner
Suyun Li Suyun Li ... Bu's mother
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Storyline

In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Manzhouli becomes an obsession for the protagonists of this film, a longed-for escape from the downward spiral in which they find themselves. Among them is schoolboy Bu, on the run after pushing Shuai down the stairs, who was bullying him previously. Bu's classmate Ling has run away from her mother and fallen for the charms of her teacher. Shuai's older brother Cheng feels responsible for the suicide of a friend. And finally, along with many other characters whose fates are inextricably bound together, there's Mr. Wang, a sprightly pensioner whose son wants to offload him onto a home. In virtuoso visual compositions, the film tells the story of one single suspenseful day from dawn to dusk, when the train to Manzhouli is set to depart.

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

8 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Elephant Sitting Still See more »

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Gross USA:

$21,961, 17 March 2019
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Dongchun Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1 Digital)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After finishing the movie, Hu Bo tragically committed suicide in October 2017 at the age of 29. This makes "An Elephant Sitting Still" the only feature film he directed in his lifetime. See more »

Goofs

When Wang Jin packed up his stuffs and walked into the living room from the balcony, the shadow of the camera appeared at the bottom of the screen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Yu Cheng: He told me the other day. There is an elephant in Manzhouli. It sits there all day long. Perhaps some people keep stabbing it with forks. Or maybe it just enjoys sitting there. I don't know.
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One of the best Chinese-language films ever
22 November 2018 | by TheBigSickSee all my reviews

I cannot understand why the writer-director of this film committed suicide. Obviously he shows a great potential in this very professional directorial debut, which reminds me of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Jiang Wen on their directorial debuts. The mind-blowing screenplay, bitingly cold theme, atmospheric approach, stunning cinematography and economic direction are just speechless. It is four-hours long, but once you start watching, you would never stop until the finish.


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