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Hong Yan (Dam Street) (2005)

Hong Yan (Dam Street)





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A teenage pregnancy leads to a lifetime of doubt and condemnation for a young Chinese woman struggling to find her place in a male-dominated society in the sophomore feature from Fish and Elephant director Li Yu. Yun (Liu Yiran) is stigmatized for life after a brief love affair results in pregnancy at the tender age of 16, and her shameful secret is forever hushed when her mother induces labor in a desperate attempt to cover the pregnancy up. In the decade that follows, the shamed Yun still carries the burden of her past sins, and as the whispers of suspicious neighbors persist, the Sichuan Opera-trained performer squanders her talents by performing with a local musical troupe. Though the cold manipulation and deep-rooted cruelty of the men she entertains slowly erodes Yun's view of the opposite sex, the protective, youthful affection expressed toward her by her mother's ten-year-old student Xiao-yong (Huang Xingrao) shows her that even beneath society's scorn the warmth of human emotion can still radiate.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Yu Li, Fang Li, Li Fang, Li Yu, Li Yu
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2008
Cinemien - Official Site


Yi Liu
as Yun
Liu Rui
as Wang Feng
Xingrao Huang
as Xiao-yong
Kechun Li
as Teacher Su
Yizhu Wang
as Wang Zhengyue

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Critic Reviews for Hong Yan (Dam Street)

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

The film has a remote, mannered feel that - - unlike Li's previous movie - - never gets to the heart of the drama.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

January 27, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hong Yan (Dam Street)


Dam Street is an excellent Chinese drama about a pregnant teen and the consequences of her decisions ten years later. While the story is simple on paper, the film's precise direction and superb acting elevates it above what would normally result in a sappy drama and into something much deeper, more realistic, and more emotional as a result. Another plus is how it deals with the emotions through a slow progression, instead of dropping the emotional aspects like a sack of bricks on the viewer (I'm looking at you, Nicholas Sparks films). Dam Street is an eerie and beautifully made drama that is restrained in just the right ways. It's a shame this film isn't more well known, because it is a damn fine drama.

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