Seventeen Years (1999)
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A good Chinese human drama from one of China's best directors today, Yuan Zhang. Since his debut, Zhang, well known as one of the 6th generation Chinese directors, sets the family and traditional Chinese Confucian moral as the center theme of his films as he does in this one. Simple and calm style of story-telling without dramatic developments or emotional scores is Zhang's specialty. Very well planed camera-work and sound design are great. Zhang is really good at catching the atmosphere of Chinese big cities, especially Beijing. In terms of both theme and technique, this film is his milestone. All actors are great, but especially Bing-Bing Li, now one of the top stars in China, shows her solid potential as an actress.
A very touching film of step-sibling rivalry where the good daughter is not always as good as she seems and the bad daughter is not always as bad as she seems. A step-father being able to forgive and to learn to love the step-child who murdered his only biological child is a amazing journey and one that is not necessarily expected.
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