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Zhou Yu's TrainThe iconically placid beauty Gong Li from ''Raise the Red Lantern'' usually represents all that's cover-girl serene in Chinese art-house cinema. But...Zhou Yu's TrainRomance, Drama, Foreign LanguagePT97MPG-13The iconically placid beauty Gong Li from ''Raise the Red Lantern'' usually represents all that's cover-girl serene in Chinese art-house cinema. But...2004-07-14Liu WeiHonglei SunLiu Wei, Honglei SunSony Pictures Classics
Gong Li, Zhou Yu's Train

(Zhou Yu's Train: Fu Jun and Peing Xiaowei)

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Zhou Yu's Train

Genre: Romance, Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Gong Li, Liu Wei, Honglei Sun; Director: Sun Zhou; Author: Zhang Mei, Zhou Yu; Release Date Wide: 07/02/2004; Runtime (in minutes): 97; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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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