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Zhou Yu's Train (2004)

TOMATOMETER

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

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

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

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 2,529

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Movie Info

Sun Zhou's stylized Zhou Yu de Huoche (Zhou Yu's Train) is the story of a woman in love. Zhou Yu (Gong Li) and teacher Chen Ching (Tony Leung Kar-Fai) fall in love. After Ching gives Zhou a poem he wrote for her, she begins taking a train ride twice a week to his home in order to have sex with him. During her time on the train, she strikes up a relationship with a veterinarian (Sun Honglei), but she ends their time together when she learns that he spied on her during one of her visits with … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for sexuality)
Genre:
Drama , Romance , Art House & International
Directed By:
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Written By:
Zhou Yu , Zhang Mei , Sun Zhou , Cun Bei
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 23, 2004
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Zhou Yu's Train

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (33) | DVD (5)

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

October 19, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Beautiful to look at but aimless as a broken compass.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Zhou Yu's Train has its strengths, but it's clearly no bullet train.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A terrific film.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

The effort required at the end of Zhou Yu's Train to sort out exactly what just went down isn't worth the payoff.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

...lovely and slight

Full Review… | January 29, 2005
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

Full Review… | November 27, 2004
Filmcritic.com

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

Full Review… | October 30, 2004
Las Vegas Mercury

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

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Salt Lake Tribune

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

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2004
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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
PopMatters

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

Full Review… | September 16, 2004
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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2004
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Dramatically, this train never leaves the station.

Full Review… | September 11, 2004
San Diego Metropolitan

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

Full Review… | September 10, 2004
Oregonian

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

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
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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