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Together (He ni zai yi qi) (2003)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 77
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 21

Though melodramatic at times, Together is heartwarming and well-acted.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 6

Though melodramatic at times, Together is heartwarming and well-acted.



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Chen Kaige's first Chinese film since the poorly received, Hollywood-produced Killing Me Softly is based on a true story of an adolescent violin prodigy coming of age in Beijing. Raised in a small town, Xiao Chun (Tang Yun) is brought to Beijng by his devoted single father, Lui Cheng (Liu Peiqi), who recognizes his talent and is determined to make him a success. After losing a rigged competition for admission into a prestigious music school, Xaio Chun is taken as a student by a brilliant but

Nov 18, 2003


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It's a touching film in which the actors, including director Chen Kaige in the role of Prof. Yu, deliver heart-touching performances.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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If you're in the mood for tears and triumph, with a dash of exoticism, Together may well be the film for you.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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[T]here's really everything to recommend in here; beautifully directed, wonderfully acted and it's just a great looking film.

June 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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It's undeniably a melodrama, but there's enough real emotion lurking beneath the manipulative tear jerking to make the movie a worthwhile and occasionally genuinely moving experience.

June 14, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Beautiful, touching and shamelessly manipulative weeper.

June 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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[Liu's] dreams may not be as vast or grandiose (or bloody) as other Chen characters, but they are immense, and immensely endearing, just the same.

June 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Never wavers from its serviceably warm and fuzzy path.

March 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

...a small-scale movie set in modern Beijing that comes right up to the brink of mawkishness and is saved only by some residual inscrutability in the narrative.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This film has wonderful music in it, and a pretty good story. The acting is solid and the cinematography is excellent.

January 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Reeks of sentimentality and mawkish characterizations.

December 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A powerful film that should have been much better.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Together is a drama of exceptional, elegant beauty... it's the kind of movie that makes you smile, that breaks your heart, that keeps you watching for more.

November 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

a story of old China versus new, of the transforming power of music, and of the love between a father and his son

November 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

So scattered, so full of pointless digressions, that it never really comes together.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

With gorgeous images by cinematographer Kim Hyungkoo and with Chen Kaige's observation of telling details, Together becomes a sweet story with a tart kick.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The performances are all terrific, but Together never jells as a compelling narrative.

June 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[Film-goers] are treated to lots of lovely music, both Western and Asian, as well as a vibrant look at the arts in modern China.

June 27, 2003
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Together is a pretty good film, but is a story you've seen a thousand times at the movies.

June 27, 2003
Jam! Movies

Like Shine minus the child abuse.

June 26, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

As the movie progresses, it builds in power, so that by the end you're helplessly invested in the triumphs of its young hero.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The story is never boring, but it's never exciting, harrowing, or hilarious, either

June 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

A movie that speaks the universal language of schmaltz.

June 13, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Together (He ni zai yi qi)

Another masterpiece from one of Asian cinema's best filmmakers. Beautiful, touching, and boasting memorable and real characters.
March 19, 2009

Super Reviewer

I have to admit: I didn't see the first 20 minutes, but it grabbed me immediately.
It's about the love between a father and a son. The father wants to give his boy the chance to become a famous violinist, even if this means they can't be together (there's a beautiful story behind it all).
The boy feels responsible for the people around him and will do just about anything to please them.
What can I say more..
Great characters, great movie, see it!

August 24, 2008

Super Reviewer

Outstanding Film, All Subtitles, But this didn't take away from the movie, Very Intense, A Must See.
January 21, 2008
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