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Zhou Yu's Train (2004) 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… 2004-07-02 PG-13 PT97M Drama Foreign Language Romance Tony Leung Ka Fai Gong Li Liu Wei Honglei Sun Sony Pictures Classics
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Zhou Yu's Train (2004)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Gong Li, Zhou Yu's Train | DERAILED ''Train'' is driven by Gong's choice between two lovers, but her journey never manages to pick up much steam
Image credit: Zhou Yu's Train: Fu Jun and Peing Xiaowei
DERAILED ''Train'' is driven by Gong's choice between two lovers, but her journey never manages to pick up much steam
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jul 02, 2004; Rated: PG-13; Length: 97 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language, Romance; With: Tony Leung Ka Fai and Gong Li; 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.

Originally posted Jul 14, 2004 Published in issue #775 Jul 23, 2004 Order article reprints