Zhou Yu's Train: Fu Jun and Peing Xiaowei
Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 14, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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