Zhou Yu's Train (2004)



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

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: ,
Written By: Zhou Yu, Zhang Mei, Sun Zhou, Cun Bei, Zhang Meijun
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On DVD: Nov 23, 2004
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site



as Zhou Yu/Xiu

as Zhang

as Train conductor

as Librarian

as Uncle Guai

as Zhou Yu, as a young...

as Chen Ching
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Critic Reviews for Zhou Yu's Train

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (27)

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

Audience Reviews for Zhou Yu's Train

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

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

lavish and slow moving this reminded me of the films of Wong Kar Wai as a women moves between 2 lovers, I would say the trains,buses and cable cars serve as a metaphor for sex (oh boy Frued), and distance between us and the characters in the movie, well done.


Beautifully filmed and intriguing. Time lines confused (you're never sure what the actual chronology is).

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