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Zhou Yu's Train (2004)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 33

Despite some beautifully framed images, this mood piece, told in a fractured fashion, is confounding and, ultimately, unsatisfying.

46

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 13

Despite some beautifully framed images, this mood piece, told in a fractured fashion, is confounding and, ultimately, unsatisfying.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Zhou Yu is a painter at a ceramic factory in the town of Sanming in northwestern China. She has fallen in love with Chen Qing, a shy poet who works in a library in Zhongyang and lives in the clouds. To see him, she travels from Sanming to Zhongyang by train on every weekend, whenever the longing to see him overcomes her. Chen would always wait for her at the train station, with roses, lilies or carnations. Back at Chen's tiny apartment, they make passionate love, and always conclude their

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Li fails to stoke much heat in Sun Zhou's pretentious and symbolic love triangle.

October 19, 2004
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Beautiful to look at but aimless as a broken compass.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Zhou Yu's Train has its strengths, but it's clearly no bullet train.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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This is one of those languid numbers where slow motion -- and there's lots of it -- is meant to signify poetry, and a line like 'I know my lake is artificial, but it's full of water' is supposed to seem lyrical.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A terrific film.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The effort required at the end of Zhou Yu's Train to sort out exactly what just went down isn't worth the payoff.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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...lovely and slight

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

See Zhou Yu's Train for the interesting Chinese scenery, or see it to feast your eyes on the always beautiful Gong Li, but don't see it for the drama

November 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A film that has considerably less on its mind than it thinks.

October 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

It just may be a movie that has difficulty transcending national borders.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[Zhou Yu]'s contradictory impulses, as well as a convoluted narrative structure, make Zhou Yu's Train a rough ride.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The whole thing would be pretty painful if not for the presence of Gong, who makes some of it watchable.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Most, I suspect, will walk out of the theater wondering why they had to work so hard for so little reward.

October 14, 2004 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

When the sum of this film's parts are measured, it is nothing more than a celebration of the exquisitely beautiful Gong Li.

September 23, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A knotty, dreamy paean to romantic longing, Zhou Yu's Train is at once ravishing and precise.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Zhou Yu's Train looks good, but there's no denying that there's very little lurking underneath its pretty surface.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Has a tiny little point -- living solely by one's emotions can be a painful time-waster -- but it makes that point within a needlessly tricky structure and with too much time spent on images that amount to pretty, poetic filler.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Dramatically, this train never leaves the station.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

[An] over-conceived, over-edited, under-written perfume ad.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Even the Chinese star with the soulful face can't make Zhou Yu's Train any less dreary than its confused script dictates.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for Zhou Yu's Train

Some nice twists and excellent performances from Gong Li and Tony Leung Ka Fai.
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