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DVD - 2000 | Chinese
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A young woman is comes to a remote Chinese village to be a substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won't be paid. When one of her students disappears into the city to find work, the stubborn teacher is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school. Once in the city, her simple peasant pleas fall on deaf ears, and only when the manager of the local television station sympathizes does her search bear fruit.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Tristar Home Video : Sony Pictures Classics, [c2000].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780767853514
0767853512
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE FOREIGN CHINESE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Yi ge dou bu neng shao

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Nursebob
Oct 15, 2016

Ostensibly about the plight of China’s one million school dropouts (with a few pointed critiques aimed at rigid bureaucracy and institutionalized poverty), Zhang Yimou’s shameless heart-tugger begins on a sardonic note as an apathetic Wei butts heads with a village chief who seems more concerned about the price of chalk than a quality education. However it soon heads into Frank Capra territory when an entire city comes together to help a teary-eyed Wei find her little lost sheep with hugs and and happy endings all around. But the wistful soundtrack is easy on the ears, scenes of verdant valleys and towering mountains are pretty to look at, and Zhang’s cast of unknown amateurs are just so darn watchable that I got caught up in it even though my better judgement urged me to hit the stop button. Too bad about the awful subtitles.

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Charles_Cheung
Sep 23, 2010

It like the bibical story "finding the lost sheep"!

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geomillar
Jun 20, 2010

The third viewing offered me little tidbits of brilliance that I had missed before. Just goes to show that Zhang Yimou is as brilliant as they come. He knows how to work with actors and crew to make a film that reads as well on the small screen as it would in a cinema.

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geomillar
May 30, 2010

I love this Zhang Yimou Classic

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