Spring in a Small Town

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Movie Info

Dai Liyan, the crippled patriarch of the once prosperous Dai family, lives in his ruined family compound with his wife, Liyan. Liyan's childhood friend, Dr. Zhang Zhichen, visits and she is torn between loyalty to her family and her love for Zhang.

Cast

Chaoming Cui
as Lao Huang
Zhou Yuwen
as Wei Wei
Li Wei
as Zhang Zhi Chen
Wei Li
as Zhou Yuwen
Yu Shi
as Dai Li Yan

Critic Reviews for Spring in a Small Town

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  • Full of subtle erotic tension, the 1948 drama focuses close up on Yuwen (Wei Wei), a frustrated, exquisitely beautiful housewife whose husband Liyan (Shi Yu) is invalided by tuberculosis and the traumatic effects of the Sino-Japanese war.

    June 20, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • There is an eerie, ghostly quality to Fei Wu's classic 1948 melodrama.

    June 20, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is a powerful, yet exquisitely subtle emotional drama, something to be compared with Ophls, or Mizoguchi, or with a Hollywood studio picture by Douglas Sirk or an early David Lean.

    June 19, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Mu ... creates extra hits of pure emotion through silky camera movements and the melancholy manner in which he frames his conflicted characters against the unforgiving landscape.

    June 19, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Spring is revelatory in a number of ways -- not least in demonstrating how Tian exquisitely refracted a stark contemporary drama through the prism of a double nostalgia.

    January 29, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The crowning achievement of one of China's finest directors, this unique film both reflects and dissects the mood of helpless impotence which afflicted many Chinese in the years after the war.

    January 29, 2014 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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