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Together (He ni zai yi qi) (2003)



Critic Consensus: Though melodramatic at times, Together is heartwarming and well-acted.

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Chen Kaige's first Chinese film since the poorly received, Hollywood-produced Killing Me Softly is based on a true story of an adolescent violin prodigy coming of age in Beijing. Raised in a small town, Xiao Chun (Tang Yun) is brought to Beijng by his devoted single father, Lui Cheng (Liu Peiqi), who recognizes his talent and is determined to make him a success. After losing a rigged competition for admission into a prestigious music school, Xaio Chun is taken as a student by a brilliant but distracted teacher, Jiang (Wang Zhiwen), and begins to become distracted himself by his twenty-something party-girl neighbor Lili (Chen Hong). He eventually leaves Jiang for more rigorous study under a more famous teacher, Professor Yu (played by director Chen himself), which leaves him torn between his burgeoning career and the loving father who has sacrificed so much for his benefit. Woven throughout the narrative are trenchant comments about the changing face of modern Beijing.
PG (for mild language and thematic elements)
Art House & International , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Yun Tang
as Liu Xiaochun
Peiqi Liu
as Liu Cheng
Hong Chen
as Lili
Zhiwen Wang
as Professor Jiang
Kaige Chen
as Professor Yu Shifeng
Qing Zhang
as Lin Yu
Kim Hye-ri
as Professor Yu Shifeng's Wife
Hye-ri Kim
as Prof. Yu's Wife
Bing Liu
as Debao
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Critic Reviews for Together (He ni zai yi qi)

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (28)

It's a touching film in which the actors, including director Chen Kaige in the role of Prof. Yu, deliver heart-touching performances.

Full Review… | June 27, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

If you're in the mood for tears and triumph, with a dash of exoticism, Together may well be the film for you.

Full Review… | June 27, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

[T]here's really everything to recommend in here; beautifully directed, wonderfully acted and it's just a great looking film.

Full Review… | June 16, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's undeniably a melodrama, but there's enough real emotion lurking beneath the manipulative tear jerking to make the movie a worthwhile and occasionally genuinely moving experience.

Full Review… | June 14, 2003
Top Critic

Beautiful, touching and shamelessly manipulative weeper.

June 13, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

[Liu's] dreams may not be as vast or grandiose (or bloody) as other Chen characters, but they are immense, and immensely endearing, just the same.

June 13, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Together (He ni zai yi qi)

The ending if this movie made me cry. The passion with wich he played the violin at the end was hearthbreaking. I was all teary, i loved it!

Rosy Chavez
Rosy Chavez

Another masterpiece from one of Asian cinema's best filmmakers. Beautiful, touching, and boasting memorable and real characters.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

I have to admit: I didn't see the first 20 minutes, but it grabbed me immediately. It's about the love between a father and a son. The father wants to give his boy the chance to become a famous violinist, even if this means they can't be together (there's a beautiful story behind it all). The boy feels responsible for the people around him and will do just about anything to please them. What can I say more.. Great characters, great movie, see it!

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

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