Spring in a Small Town

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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 & Crew

Wei Li
Zhang Zhichen
Yu Shi
Dai Liyan
Wei Wei
Zhou Yuwen
Mu Fei
Director
Tianji Li
Screenwriter
Yijun Huang
Original Music
Shengwei Li
Cinematographer
Ning Che
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Dexiong Zhu
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Critic Reviews for Spring in a Small Town

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  • The unadorned, pre-institutional storytelling makes for a far more compelling viewing than Tian Zhuangzhuang's 2002 glossy remake.

    June 23, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Tara Brady

    Irish Times
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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…

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