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This is a film which has very profound influence upon China in the 1980s. During the Cultural Revolution, Qiu Shi, a poet, was secretly sent to another city by a riverboat to avoid political persecution. The movie tells many incredible stories of this boat journey.

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  • Actors: Li Zhiyu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Qilu Audio and Video Press
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015MS9BO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ever watched a movie by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki? Man without a Past or Le Havre maybe? – Bashan Yeyu is the most Kaurismäean movie there is out there – made by two CHINESE filmmakers and well before Kaurismäki had even picked up a camera.
It is a timeless masterpiece, and despite its post-Cultural Revolution context it refuses to be reduced to “special interest”- status. By special interest I mean cineasts who are interested in China and its history. Bashan Yeyu is about universal themes, first and foremost about how to stay human (better: a Mensh) within an inhuman and dysfunctional system. There is only one way, the movie claims: the individual will protect his dignity through compassion, solidarity, and forgiveness (I have always wondered why the movies parading Christian virtues the most convincingly all are by atheist directors, but I digress).

Of course, filmmakers with such philosophy run the risk of producing terrible kitsch. The sufferings and hardships of the characters in cabin no 13 – notably those of the poet but also of the bartered bride and the old widow – are portrayed with some pathos, yes. But (like Kaurismäki, by the way), the two Chinese directors manage the tightrope brilliantly. To the left, the abyss screams “social romanticism”, to the right yawns the gap called “cheesy sentimentalism”, but the rope-dancer never falls off. This makes the Great Humanism of the movie a beautiful and cathartic experience.

How did the two Wu’s do it? – For one thing, much of the pathos comes in the guise of understatement and underacting. The poet is stoic to an extent that hurts. So is his male guard, who reminds me of Humphrey Bogart in one of his films noirs. The old widow is equally composed, which gives her grief a dignified air.
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I found the characters interesting, in dress, manner, style, etc. Also historically interesting for a time during the Cultural Revolution.
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