Xizao (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Xizao (2000)



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A man returns to his father's house. Zhu Xu, Pu Cun Xin, Jiang Wu. Directed by Yang Zhang.

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Critic Reviews for Xizao

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5)

While the film is unabashedly sentimental, Zhang doesn't feel the need to bash the audience over the head with melodramatic tactics.

January 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Pleasant family drama, as fresh and clean as its title implies.

March 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

a sweet little drama, warm and homey, like a fireplace or a hot bath.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

a charming film that gains weight through skillful character development...maintains a sense of humor laced with fondness for its characters

January 1, 2000

Its manipulative and sugary story is set in modern Beijing.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Still, the actors can't salvage the plot, which will be far too easy to predict for most viewers.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Xizao

A public bath becomes a venue for exploration of family and friendships. Very sentimental but done in a nice subtle manner. Worth taking a look.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Well, there ya go! Yet another movie that I had to force myself to watch, because I wasn't sure that I was even interested...AND I LOVED IT! What a fantastic, charming, sweet, funny movie! Like many foreign films, this one offers a unique look at life. Don't let the name, and cover photo, fool you. There is so much more to this movie than men taking showers/baths together. lol....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Drama about a Chinese son's return to his fathers bathhouse where the old ways, though threatened by development, still hold sway. (the old ways presumably including son leaving job & wife behind without explanation or consequences). Sweet enough to keep me watching, but not edgy enough to make me love it.

Lesley N
Lesley N

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