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Twice a week, Zhou Yu (Gong Li, Farewell My Concubine), a beautiful artisan, takes the train to faraway Chongyang, where she indulges in a torrid affair with Chen Ching (Tony Leung Ka-Fai, The Lover), her poet-lover. United by their passion, he finds in Zhou the ultimate muse, while she believes Chen to be her ideal soul mate. But accompanying Zhou on her long, lonely train rides are two individuals who threaten to derail her romantic idyll: Zhang Qiang (Sun Honglei, The Road Home), a young doctor hopelessly obsessed with her, and Ziu (Li, in a dual role), a mysterious young woman who bares a striking resemblance to Zhou and seems to be following her every move. A passionate tale of onewoman's search for perfect love, ZHOU YU'S TRAIN is a sensual evocation of distance and time, reality and imagination, where the only thing that's truly real is what's in one's heart.
Every so often, the convoluted love story Zhou Yu's Train seems to stop in its tracks and succumb to rapture, gazing on the disarmingly beautiful face of actress Gong Li. A young painter named Zhou Yu (Gong Li, Raise the Red Lantern, Shanghai Triad) falls headlong in love with a painfully shy poet, Chen Ching (Tony Leung Ka-Fai, The Lover). Twice a week she takes the train to his town to be with him, even though he's bewildered by her near-obsessive passion. On the train, a wise-cracking veterinarian (Sun Honglei) pursues Zhou Yu, but she resists his emotional directness. Zhou Yu's Train bounces back and forth, not only between these two romances but also in time, to confusing effect. But there's something compelling about Zhou Yu's need to love the version of her lover that she holds in her mind, and that sustains the movie through its muddled moments. --Bret Fetzer
This motion picture defines the word "artsy". A film about a young and pretty porcelain painter who falls in love with a shy and melancholic poet (played by Sun Honleig),... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Edgar Soberon Torchia
Zhou Yu's Train is a Chinese film starring Gong Li and Tony Leung Ka- Fai.The title refers to a poetic compilation published by the character in the movie played by Leung. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Desertman84
FYI: The spoken language (dialogue and narration) in this film is Mandarin - not Cantonese, as indicated in the Amazon listing.Published 9 months ago by Charles Haigh
I loved this film. Realistic moving story. BEAUTIFULLY shot, and Li Gong is a goddess. If you dig realistic drama, and good romance, watch this filmPublished 16 months ago by Dean Marais
Mystery, mood, music and Gong Li in dual roles. One of my favorite love stories, one of my favorite Gong Li films. Excellent love story.
Shigeru Umebayashi scored this. Read more
Not Gong Li's best, but a good movie. Enjoyable love story where two people try to make a long distance relationship work. I would recommend for Gong Li fans.Published on January 22, 2013 by brian d. bouvier
If you wish to view beautiful cinematography--the powerful, lyrical shot of the train tracks converging, then separating then converging first comes to mind--this is a film to... Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by The Concise Critic:
Great actress; she's able to emote in an extraordinary manner, like Meryl Streep... Very touching film. A bit confusing with all the time periods changing back and forth. Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Joci