Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Suzhou River (Suzhou he) - 2000!

Information
Directed by: Lou Ye
Writing credits: Lou Ye
Cast
Zhou Xun .... Meimei/Moudan
Jia Hongshen .... Mardar
Hua Zhongkai .... Lao B.
Yao Anlian .... Boss
Nai An .... Mada
Also Known As:
Suzhou River (International: English title)
Runtime: 83 min
Country: Germany / China
Language: Mandarin

Clips - from http://www.filmfestivals.com
Steaming Trailer 1 - 2 - 3


Poster

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Plot
The river Suzhou that flows through Shanghai is a reservoir of filth, chaos and poverty, but also a meeting place for memories and secrets. Lou Ye, who spent his youth on the banks of the Suzhou, shows the river as a Chinese Styx, in which forgotten stories and mysteries come together. Mardar, a motorcycle courier in his mid-twenties, rides all over the city with all kinds of packages for his clients. He knows every inch and is successful thanks to the fact that he never asks questions. One day he is asked by a shady alcohol smuggler to deliver his sixteen-year-old daughter, Moudan, to her aunt. Mardar and Moudan grow fond of each other. But their tender happiness is disrupted when Moudan thinks that Mardar has kidnapped her for a ransom. She is so disappointed in him that she jumps off the bridge into the Suzhou River. Mardar is now suspected of murder. When a couple of years later he comes out of jail, he meets the dancer Meimei, an alter-ego of Moudan, and becomes fascinated by her.

Award
2002 Fantasporto
• Critics' Award (Lou Ye)
2000 Paris Film Festival
Best Actress (Zhou Xun)
• Grand Prix
2000 Rotterdam International Film Festival
• Tiger Award (Lou Ye)
2000 Viennale
• FIPRESCI Award (Lou Ye)
• For its realistic and documentary approach to thriller conventions, and its expressive use of narrative and cinematic structure.

Review
- SuZhou River in Lovehkfilm by Sanjuro
-
SuZhou River in filmfestivals.com
- Review in chinesecinema
And more review of SuZhou River ....

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