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Director - Dai Sijie
Run Time - 111 minutes
Language - Mandarin w/English subtitles
Format - DVD, color
Year - 2002
Genre - Foreign drama

Educational Interest- Asia, China, Cinema Studies, Empire Collection, History (World)

Institutional DVD Price: $195


Based on the best-selling novel set during China’s cultural revolution, this acclaimed film is about two young men, university students, who are sent to a remote mountain village for a Maoist re-education, to purge them of their decadent Western education. Amid the back-breaking work and stifling ignorance of the community, the local beauties are the only respite from their miserable life. But none compare to the granddaughter of the region’s tailor. With a secret cache of forbidden books, they set about to woo her.


"Exquisite! A love song to great literature." - Los Angeles Times


"A jewel of a movie!" - Washington Post