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  • Actors: Jingfan Hu, Jun Wu, Bai Qing Xin, Xiao Keng Ye, Si Si Lu
  • Directors: Zhuangzhuang Tian
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C665K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,461 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An exquisitely constructed romantic drama, Springtime in a Small Town is the first film by Tian Zhuangzhuang since the controversial The Blue Kite in 1993. Set in a bomb-scarred Chinese town in the aftermath of World War II, the film tells the story of the passionless marriage of the ailing Liyan and his beautiful wife Yuwen. Their lives are disturbed by the arrival of Liyan's old school friend, Zhichen, a cultivated doctor from Shanghai, who was also the teenage love of Yuwen. Despite their attempts to conceal their emotions, Yuwen and Zhichen find that their feelings for each other are re-ignited and, eventually, secrecy and jealousy take their toll on all concerned. Beautifully photographed and delicately played by an outstanding cast, Springtime in a Small Town is a haunting, sensual and long overdue return to filmmaking from one of China's finest directors.

Review

"Beautifully acted, exquisitely considered, spellbindingly tender, utterly involving" -- The Guardian

"Fabulous filmmaking … the performances are a miracle" -- Financial Times

"Stunning … a Chinese masterpiece" -- The Times

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By banana_milkshake on 28 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
I just wanted to add a comment because I think this film deserves so much more attention!I liked this film. It is very quiet and slow but there is this tension from between the woman and her husbands friend (and her former boyfriend), and the emotions expressed more through the acting and not so much through words. You can't help but feel for all the characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. I. Donald on 15 Aug. 2009
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This is a slow paced film, but one in which the pace perfectly fits the mood. The husband is slightly irritating in his self-indulgence, but it is still easy to empathise with hi as well as the other characters. The wife provides subtle - and less subtle- glimpses into what lies beneath the surface; the fun she longs for a seeks in her ex-lover. The film also engenders a good deal of tension as the story unfolds. Well worth taking the time to watch.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Josh MacNab on 29 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
Originality is a hard thing to come by nowadays with many American blockbusters basing real life incidents into the films albeit with minor alterations. All re-makes are given a different look because of the new Directors attitude to the base of the film and upon watching the documentary that accompanies the film it's interesting to hear Tians views on such matters. On to the film, it's very good. Indeed, it's excellent. The acting is superb so much so that the absence of music easier to accept. As with a lot of Chinese films the budget isn't so big but this works well here as the director uses intimacy to get his point across (it is a love story after all) and the narrow surroundings give the atmosphere a cosy, intimate atmosphere. This film is one for romantics everywhere that's not to say it's a chick flick mind.
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Truly the best film from China that I have ever seen. An absolute masterpiece and totally flawless in every way.
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