Director Jia Zhangke

Production year 2000

Length 143min.

Country China


Set in Fenyang, Shanxi Province, the film focuses on a group of amateur theatre troupe performers whose fate mirrors that of the general population in China as massive socio-economic changes sweep across the mainland. The film commences in 1979 with the troupe performing numbers idolizing Mao Zedong, ending in the '80s when the shows reflect the strong Western influences pervading China, covering a decade in which China saw tremendous changes.


Best Film | Buenos Aires IFe of Independent Cinema, Argentina, 2001

Don Quixote Award, FIPRESCI Prize | Fribourg IFF, Switzerland, 2001

Golden Montgolfiere | Nantes Three Continents Festival, France, 2000

Young Cinema Award | Singapore IFF, , 2001

NETPAC Award | Venice IFF, Italy, 2000


Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke



Ichiyama Shozo, Kit Ming Li


Jia Zhangke

Director of Photography

Yu Lik-wai

Production designer

Sheng Qiu

Music by

Yoshihiro Hanno


Yang Zhang


Jing Lei Kong


Hongwei Wang, Tao Zhao, Jing Dong Liang, Tian-yi, Yang Bo Wang

Production company(ies)

Artcam International Bandai Entertainment Inc.

Jia Zhangke

Born 1970, Fengyang, China) Zhangke studied painting, developed an interest in fiction, and in 1995 founded the Youth Experimental Film Group, for which he directed two award-winning videos. He graduated in 1997 from the Beijing Film Academy, and his first feature, Pickpocket (1997) was very successful at the Berlin, Nantes and Vancouver festivals. The following films Platform and Unknown Pleasures were selected in competition respectively at Venice and Cannes. He established Xstream Pictures in 2003 in order to promote young talented directors from all over China. His Still Life received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival 2006.


One Day in Beijing (1994, short), Xiaoshan Going Home (1995, short), Du Du (1996, short), Pickpocket (1997), Platform (2000), In Public (2001, short), The Condition of Dogs (2001, short), Unknown Pleasures (2002), The World (2004), Dong (2006, doc.), Still Life (2006), Our Ten Years (2007, short), Useless (2007, doc.) Stories on Human Rights (2008, segment Black Breakfast), 24 City (2008), Cry Me a River (2008, short), I Wish I Knew (2010, doc.), Yulu (2011, doc.), A Touch of Sin (2013).

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