Zhou Yu's Train details
|Starring:||Honglei Sun, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Gong Li, Zhixiong Li|
|Genres:||Drama, Romance, World Cinema|
|Studio:||COLUMBIA TRI-STAR HOME VIDEO|
Zhou Yu's Train
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Apr 2005|
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Beautiful elusive Chinese puzzleBy milnerv from Dorset , 07 May 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Inside the superb acting, beautiful photography, and excellent surround sound (when the trains travel from the front to the rear speakers you can feel the wind as they pass) I just know there is a wonderfully deep story.
I am certain the major problem is badly translated sub titles, and also the cultural differences between western and Chinese romantic fiction.
The timeline appears deliberately jumbled, possibly to add interest to a basically very simple love story. I think there are several important symbols in the film, Zhou Yus frantic train travelling twice a week to meet her lover is intended to illuminate the character of someone who strives to achieve something, and then discards it. The broken vase on the train symbolises the fragmentary nature of existence. Her ceramic painting reflects Zhou Yus character that finds satisfaction in stylised beauty and quickly runs away from real emotion.
The real meaning of the poems appear lost in the translation. However towards the end of the film the following comment by Zhou Yu seems intended to explain what she has been sub consciously striving for I finally understood a lover is mirror though which you see yourself more clearly.
I recommend reading some of the magazine reviews on the internet which throw some light on this fascinating film.
This film will have you trying to unravel its mysteries for a long time.
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zhou new yuBy juradino (815 reviews) from London , 16 Feb 2012Romantic drama about young woman who paints in porcelain factory and becomes involved with 2 men, one librarian poet and the other vet. Travelling on train long distance forms theme that connects its story set in communist China with its urban desolation and natural beauty. It echoes some new wave Czechoslovakian films of late 60s such as Adelheid and it ends in Tibet remoteness with communist flag addressing issues of emotional and spiritual death and rebirth as technological progress relentlessly affects. Are you sitting comfortably? (It's not an epic.)
TIMELESS - Boundless - great f i l mBy kasuntees (10 reviews) from stockton on tees , 30 Mar 2010this is a great FILM [ please note ; I ALWAYS emphasize the word 'FILM'] as stories , ,though should be definitely meaningful , are secondary to me when it is in a film .
This is about love.and all the characters are presented as they are and without any description or clue of their origins or roots , as it should be in real ' love' [though it happens rarely]
Although they live and roam among clamourous masses, the creator has been able to isolate and outshine them ,making us to feel their feelings and tempting the viewer to get entangled in nondescript or inexplored emotions of human love THAT has yet been unable to be defined with all the words so far found by the mankind.
this is a great achievement!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you love, 'love' , AND if you want to feel it in a subtle, cinematic way this is for you ..
if you want to feel it while enjoying breathtaking Chinese landscapes this is for you ;if you want to feel it, with gentle poetic expressions while being enchanted by calm windy mongolian mountainous terrains,and misty mystic valleys , this is for you. With all aforesaid,if you would wish to feel it with astonishing angles grasped from rushing chinese trains and outskirts of tracks while they endlessly rush through day and night [just as the characters' feelings get escalated restlessly , ] this is the one and only for you,
NOW I LOVE THIS DIRECTOR!
Zhou Yu's TrainBy a customer from Newtown , 18 Sep 2009For those who like Chinese movies,(as I do!) this is a good choice: beautiful to look at, full of angst and very slow moving.
Waste of time unless you speak MandarinBy a customer from Gloucestershire , 21 Jan 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideTracts of conversation were not subtitled, other parts were so badly translated it was impossible to make sense of what was going on. Out of three people watching, I lasted the longest at 30 minutes. This was a shame, as I think I would have enjoyed the film had the subtitles been up to standard.
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49 with riceBy a customer from upt north , 28 Nov 2008a good film and worth watching,but don't expect holywood here.