Summer Palace (2006)
Critic Consensus: Though it suffers from excessive length and inconsistent pacing, Summer Palace is held aloft by Hao Lei's riveting performance.
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Though made in 2006, its American release could not have been better timed.
Search out this vivid film in a theater. Don't let the sacrifices he [Director Lou Ye] made be in vain.
I still must recommend Summer Palace, especially for the remarkably strong performance by Hao Lei as Yu Hong, the daughter of a shopkeeper in the provinces.
Lou Ye's Summer Palace examines youthful idealism and its unhappy aftermath.
In Yu Hong (Hao Lei), the film also has a vibrant heroine.
Audience Reviews for Summer Palace
Agonizingly slow, certainly weird, yet strangely artistic; great use of music and minimalist dialogue.
Summer Palace a Chinese movie that caught my attention from the moment it started on my screen.A young girl encountered her first experiences with love and sex. The movie showed huge changes China was undergoing in the mid-eighties.She was excepted at university in Beijing and met a guy who she fell madly in love with.The acting directing, editing,photography all was very breathtaking. The story was heartbreaking as we followed these 2 student during the protests and how they lost sight of each other and lived separate lives.Sex was an important part of the movie, since it expressed passion, but still it did not have a happy ending and it had a message that you have to discover by thinking and feeling the movie.
Even thought I am rating this a 3 Star, its still a pretty good flix, more of a chick flix, about a young lady in china, and the movie is made from her diary. Some Nudity, so those girls under 18 hide your eyes, yea right, if you enjoy this one let me hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
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