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Stolen Life (Amazon.com Exclusive)

A young girl is taken to live with her aunt and grandmother in Beijing. As an adolescent, Yanni is withdrawn and reclusive, believing that she has been abandoned by her parents, and that she has no control over either her life or her fate. The fact that her "family" doesn't have much hope for her future only compounds her depression. Surprising everyone in her hostile household, Yanni is accepted to college. As she prepares to begin her new life, an encounter with a delivery boy triggers a series of unexpected events.

Director Li Shaohong takes us, as viewers, on a walk through a discovery of not only life under the city, but also a realistic perspective on the human experience.

"Shaohong Li holds the reins tightly and tells the story calmly and with restraint, making us realize that what's happening here is probably happening every day all over China" -Film Critic

"Quietly implosive performance that captures the serenity of despair"
-Seattle PostGlobe

Stolen Life is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

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Special Features

  • Discussion guide: Director's notes & biography
  • Facts about China

Product Details

  • Actors: Zhou Xun, Wu Jun
  • Directors: Li Shaohong
  • Writers: Liao Yimei
  • Producers: Xiaowan Li
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Global Lens
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCXNQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,094 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stolen Life (Amazon.com Exclusive)" on IMDb

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Drake on March 25, 2008
Format: DVD
Without spoiling the film, I'd like to add only slightly to Amazon's "Product Description":

Yanni, the main actress in the movie is living with her extended family who sees her as a waste of a person with little to no future. To everyone's surprise she is accepted to a college in Beijing. She goes, life opens up, the wonders of the world are hers to discover. For those who have visited China's Universities, all the sights are there, particularly those incredibly cramped (with sometimes as many as 7 student) dorm rooms. A wonderful and slightly older delivery man sights her, makes his move and they are in love. Soon Yanni finds out she is pregnant. Not surprisingly, while her lover remains committed, we are slowly taken out of the bright dorm rooms and even the streets of this "New China". The couple move to dwellings underground and we begin to wonder what this delivery man's intentions really are.

This is a powerful feminist movie, where you (man or woman, feminist or non-feminist) would be ready to fight for this woman with every ounce of your human flesh. You will also doubt her choices and scream "Idiot!" a few times at her. But in so doing this, you will surely become all the more aware to what is going on in "Communist China" as a young, hyper-materialistic, and socially aware age group is nearing the age where they will begin to enter the political domain.

The movie is well shot as it is noticeably different in scenery, tone, color and pace from the moment Yanni begins school to the moment we realize she is pregnant.

Like the Criterion Collection, First Run Features is a terrific distributor for those film goers who are more independently and internationally aware.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Royer on August 18, 2009
Format: DVD
Zhou Xun is one of the most compelling actresses working today and she grabs you right from the start in this film. She plays a young woman whose parents, intellectuals from the previous generation, have abandoned her for the most part, shuffling her off to live in near poverty with her granny and aunt. Then she's accepted into university, raising her class status momentarily, but falls in love with a truck driver, gets pregnant and her life unravels. There's subtle and deep social commentary embracing this extremely sad tale of family, love, and one woman's struggle to survive in modern China. I was very surprised by the script. It's softly brutal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nychen on June 28, 2011
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"Stolen Life" is one of those movies you watch in fascination, with your heart and soul watching this young girl grow up in a life that seems so true and so innocent. And yes, it's that innocent hidden part that grows to trust other people/strangers like MuYu who loves her, or she believes loves her so - at least it's the kind of love she's never had, never gotten from her parents, her relatives, anyone. And this is the type of attention/love that destroys lives because Yanni trusts MuYu with making all the choices, or complying with the choices she doesn't know how to make.

"Stolen Life" is such a possibility in many lives, it's sad to believe it's so true. I've met people in this situation, and for moments watching MuYu treat Yanni like the love of his life, and her accepting his faults and falling in love for the first time in her life, and it seemed her life was turning around, with college at the corner and a life beyond the village - you'll be amazed at what happens.

Amazed at how easy Yanni let things happen to herself, how easy it was for MuYu to be with Yanni, how easy life gives us the unexpected but yet it's really all manipulated and we didn't even see it right in front of our own eyes! Sometimes we just live in a passive-aggressive live, accepting things as they are and letting opportunities pass us by.

The acting is subtle, but extremely powerful. For some scenes, you don't even have the main character/Yanni speaking for minutes on end, and you don't need to - the actress conveys all you need to know about Yanni's character. From her silence, to her rarely seen smile, to her yearning for love and to be loved and in love, the actress Zhou Xun does a wonderful job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Tate on February 18, 2012
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I enjoyed this movie if you can use the word enjoyed for something so tragic. It's a portrait of a blatant betrayal of trust. SPOILER ALERT: A girl leaves her dysfunctional home and gets involved with a boy. She becomes pregnant and the boyfriend talks her into having the baby by alluding to the fact that they will have a nice family together and somehow manage to make it financially even though they are totally broke. Nothing could be further from the truth as he has plans all along to sell the baby to another couple once it is born and then ditch the girl and find another woman to use the same ruse on. He is the perfect con artist and evil trickster. I found the movie interesting to get a glimpse of the gritty, underground world that many Chinese people live in which is no doubt all too true to life. The place they live underground in Beijing not only has little seedy apartments but also shops and places making food. A rather different and engaging movie. An eye opening view of one aspect of China.
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