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Zhou Yu's Train

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Gong Li, Zhou Yu's Train
Zhou Yu's Train: Fu Jun and Peing Xiaowei

Zhou Yu's Train

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
97 minutes
Wide Release Date:
07/02/04
performer:
Tony Leung Ka Fai, Gong Li, Liu Wei, Honglei Sun
director:
Sun Zhou
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Zhang Mei, Zhou Yu
genre:
Romance, Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it a C+

The iconically placid beauty Gong Li from ”Raise the Red Lantern” usually represents all that’s cover-girl serene in Chinese art-house cinema. But playing the title character in the gauzy, Westernized contemporary romantic drama Zhou Yu’s Train, Gong almost breaks a sweat ? almost — as a woman wafting between two lovers. One’s a commitment-phobic poet (Tony Leung Ka Fai, not to be confused with Tony Leung Chiu Wai from ”In the Mood for Love”); the other’s a livelier veterinarian (Honglei Sun) who tries to persuade Zhou to wake up and dump the withholding mope. The train she takes from A to B rocks with its own sexual symbolism. Directed by Sun Zhou, the movie follows convoluted narrative tracks. By the end of the drowsy journey, the characters are indistinguishable from the scenery.