Zhou Yu’s Train

Director: Sun Zhou

2002. English subtitles. Colour. Dolby digital stereo. 97 mins.

The incomparable Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern) returns to the screen as the glowing central character of Zhou Yu’s Train, a love story that was considered quite scandalous in China because it’s about a woman who’s torn between two lovers. Zhou Yu (Li) rides the train every weekend to make love with moody poet Chen Qing (Tony Leung Ka-Fai). At the same time, another woman
loves Chen Qing, while a man who regularly takes the same train (Sun Hong Lei) lusts after Zhou Yu. Li instils Zhou Yu with her trademark heroine qualities—tough yet alluring, strong and seductive—while director unfolds the sometimes confusing narrative through a series of intense, lyrical scenes. The whole ?lm is essentially a hymn to transience and the self-discovery it may offer.
Red Snow (Jidi yingjiu) Septembe

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