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When successful businessman Da Ming is summoned by his younger brother to come home to his father'sold-style bathhouse in Beijing, he can't wait to return to his fast-paced modern life. But time amongst the crazy cast of characters that frequent the bathhouse gives him a new appreciation for traditional old ways. When a tragic event causes sudden change, Da Ming must choose between the prosperous life he's made for himself and his responsibility to his family and his heritage.Critically acclaimed around the world, SHOWER is an award-winning drama directed by Zhang Yang (Spicy Love Soup), featuring hilarious characters and stunning performances from Zhu Xu (The King of Masks), Jiang Wu (To Live, A Beautiful New World) and Pu Cunxin (The Blue Kite, Spicy Love Soup).

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  • Actors: Zhu Xu, Pu Cun Xin, Jiang Wu
  • Directors: Zhang Yang
  • Producers: Peter Loehr
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z1FD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shower" on IMDb

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By KEVIN FONG on October 8, 2000
Format: DVD
Shower is simply an amazing movie. It is about an old man who runs a bathhouse with his mentally retarded son, in a run-down neighborood in China. His eldest son, who has been swept up into a commercial and materialistic lifestyle, comes back to see his estranged father. Shower conveys the message to live a simple life and to do what makes you happy in life to find peace. shower perfectly sets up the theme of "The Modern, The Technological, The Impersonal" VS "The Old Fashioned, The Traditional, The Human Touch". I was captured into the world that this movie creates. The atmosphere is very light and the movie has a smoothness and a non-threatening quality to it that adds to its realism. The director does a great job of not making Shower overly sentimental, which would take away from its stark human realism. The subpots and the sub characters in the film do a masterful job of complimenting the main themes in the movie and are also hilarious and unique. Not only does Shower have funny and interesting characters in it, but the emotions that the poeple experience can really be felt because of the film's simplistic realism. The relationship between the father and his sons are extremely compelling. Watching their relationships change and develop in relation to the bathhouse was solidly done. No doubt, a well crafted and directed film.
BOTTOMLINE: Shower is a pleasant and often times heart-warming movie, a definite MUST SEE!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Seay on August 18, 2002
Format: DVD
Many Chinese movies understandably focus on the tragic era of
the Cultural Revolution. This movie, on the contrary, presents us with the dark side of the "new" China. Though particular to China, it coincidentally describes a more global picture of a world that pursues money to the detriment of happiness.
We immediately get a look at a metaphor for the new China. A man takes a shower in an efficient public shower, which looks like a mix between a porto-potty and a robo car-wash. It gets the job done in a short amount of time so that the user can get on with his life as producer and consumer.
We then meet the businessman behind the efficient shower. He is a Chinese yuppie, now living in Shenzhen, but who is presently returning to his hometown because he believes his father, whom he had not visited in a long time, is dead.
As it turns out, his father is not dead. At this point we get a juxtaposition of two worlds. The new, the yuppies' world which is humorless, lacks warmth and sensuality and the world of his father who runs a public bathouse. The bathouse, as it turns out, is not only a place where people can ENJOY a bath (and not just get clean) but it serves as a social center where people gather, problems get resolved, and people really care about one another.
Alas, the efficient "new" world wins out as a modernization plan
calls for the bathhouse to be torn down...and with it the soul of the community. O sole mio, indeed...but the sun will go down and not rise again any time soon. We are headed towards a joyless efficient world.
This is a brilliant movie and I would give it ten stars if possible.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Yiping R. Liao on April 20, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After renting this movie 3 times from Netflix, I decided that I should just buy it. It's one of those movies that I can watch over and over again because it's not just a plot; it's a reaffirmation of the important and pure things in life. It's simply "refreshing" every time I see it again (excuse the pun)!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gengie on June 16, 2001
Format: DVD
The title above is in fact a compliment to this absolutely wonderful movie. I will not say more about the plot as its been mention in all the wonderful reviews here. BUT I have to mention that I am becoming more and more fascinated with the old actor Xu Zhu. I first saw him in King Of Mask and I think he is fantastic. He always have a stern, grouchy grandpapa look that will burst into a heartwarming smile in a split second.
Watch out for some of the wackiest characters too. The two sons are good, but the retarted one is both funny, and at the same time made me feel really sad for him.
Some other really cute characters are a gentle spoken guy with a domineering, bullying wife, two old men always quibbling about their pet crickets like overgrown kids and a fat "o sole Mio" guy that is comical and yet annoying and irritating , and one of their friend who always dream of striking it rich :) Wonderful.
one of my favourite quote from the movie: "Its time to stop dreaming - get a real job! " wow
Some of the most mesmerizing scenes in the movie are in the flash-backs told by the aging father about the importance of water and the sacrifice people take in olden days to obtain water for usage, ceremonies and spiritual uses.
These scenes are so dream like with gorgeous cinematography. That cant help but reminds you of those excellent landscapes used by Zhang Yimou , Xie Fei and He Ping.
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