Springtime in a Small Town Poster

Release Date: October 9th, 2002

PG|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
In 1940s China, small-town landowner Liyan (Wu Jun) leads a sad existence; his property is in ruins, his health isn't much better, his marriage to wife Yuwen (Hu Jingfan) is almost loveless and the presence of his boisterous teen sister Xiu (Lu Sisi) only makes things worse. Then Zhang (Xin Baiqing), a doctor who is an ex-lover of Yuwen's and a boyhood chum of Liyan's, arrives to treat the ailing man. He brings passion back into the household, but also extreme tension.

Cast: Hu Jingfan, Wu Jun, Xin Baiqing, Ye Xiaokeng, Lu Sisi

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian

Genres: Drama, Romance

Production Co: Beijing Film Studio

Distributors: Palm Pictures

Keywords: Temptation, Dark, Friendship, Doctor, Small town, Transformation, 1940s, Forbidden love, Love triangle, Wife, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Can be summed up in one word: style. show more

  • Should please art house buffs across the board. Connoisseurs of Chinese film will be pleased to discover that Tian's meticulous talent has not withered during his enforced hiatus. Moviegoers who like their visions of China rarefied and past tense will delight in the careful period setting. show more

  • Only a director who truly knows repression could have made a movie so subtle and so understanding. show more

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