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Adapted from a novel of the same name “GaoXing”(means happy)which is a recent work of Jiapingwa(贾平凹),a famous local writer eojoying national repution as well, the movie “GaoXing” lately stages in cinemas of Xi’an.

It tells a story taking place in Xi’an. Two ordinary peasants named Gaoxing and Wufu come to Xi’an to look for fortune. Gaoxing, the leading role, always keeps optimistic to life though his living condition is poor. By changing his original name into Gaoxing(means happy),he always holds it that one should keep happy as long as he is alive and should always look to the bright side.While Wufu is a little bit pessimistic so Gaoxing often encourages him that life will be fine soon as long as they work hard. After came to Xi’an, with the help of a native fellow, they soon get a job to recycling waste..

Since it is a low-payed job, life is still hard for them. However, they never lose heart and work hard. They seek fun from the hard life. GaoXing has a special hobby-making planes . He collects different materials to make planes, some just as toys while some he hopes one day can really fly high into the sky. One day Gaoxing comes across a girl and falls in love with her. The girl ,aslo comes to Xi’an from a poor family, works to provide massage. service Her occupation as well as GaoXing’s seldoms get respect from others.

After several months’ contact, both of them fall in love with each other. As they hope for their good future, bad luck comes down. The girl’s younger brother steals all her money which she has saved for her tuition. Knowing that, Gaoxing decides to help her. He works harder and gives his money to her. However later the girl is arrested suddenly because police found drugs in her room. But in fact she is innocent , the drugs are her brother’s. Worried about her, Gaoxing wants to bribe the officials of police station so the girl can be set free. The problem is that he doesn’t have enough money.

Finally he decides to risk to drive his own plane with advertisement of a company over the sky of Xi’an so that he can earn enough money. At the end of the movie, he succeeds,meanwhile the girl is released since the police has investigated out the fact.

This movie aims to tell people never to lose confidence, strengh ,hope and courage when life is hard. GaoXing serves as a good example. Another point making the movie charming is its language. All the people in the movie speak shaanxi dialect. When watching it ,audience especially the local people feel that the story is real. It gives them a strong feeling that what they are wacthing is happening in their daily life.

Owing to the meaningful story and the wonderful performance of many famous actors, the movie gets high remarks from me!

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Apr
2011
Zhou Yu's Train E-mail
Reviews - Movies & Cinema
Written by Leyla Lopos
I watched a Gong Li movie the other day, the title of the movie is Zhou Yu's Train (Zhou Yu de huo che -- in Chinese). Gong Li (English info) was and still is probably one of the most famous Chinese actresses, she used to team up with Zhang Yimou a lot, they've made some quite well known movies together, and both of them have achieved some international fame.

Rumor says they had an affair, breaking up is the reason they don't work together anymore. (Anyway, I believe the rumor.) Going back to Zhou Yu's train: I liked it, I thought I wouldn't: The plot is nothing special -- a love story between a woman and two men, sounds cliche, and I hate most love stories. This movie turns out to be pretty good though, I think it's a smart movie: set in modern times, the way they arrange the scenes is creative, the locations they choose are stunning, and the acting is good. I won't call it a great movie, it's nice enough.

 
18
Mar
2010
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke E-mail
Reviews - Movies & Cinema
Written by Avery Booker
Last week, the Jing Daily team had the opportunity to interview Jia Zhangke (Platform, Still Life, 24 City), one of China's top contemporary filmmakers, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York during its retrospective of Jia's work.

(The event continues through March 20. 2010) Conducted in Mandarin, our 30-minute interview covered a range of important topics in the world of Chinese cinema, and shed light on Jia Zhangke's opinions about everything from the current state of the official Chinese film system to the importance of nurturing young talent to the key developments in today's China that inspire him as a filmmaker. In Part One of our two-part interview, Jia discusses the key developments in film production in China, his personal experiences as a young director in Beijing in the mid-'90s and support of young directors there today, and the difference between being an “underground” director and one who operates within China’s state film system.

 
06
Apr
2009
“GaoXing” (高兴) E-mail
Reviews - Movies & Cinema
Written by Alice Manfeng Zhao
Adapted from a novel of the same name “GaoXing” (means happy) which is a recent work of Jiapingwa (贾平凹),a famous local writer eojoying national repution as well, the movie “GaoXing” lately stages in cinemas of Xi’an. It tells a story taking place in Xi’an. Two ordinary peasants named Gaoxing and Wufu come to Xi’an to look for fortune. Gaoxing, the leading role, always keeps optimistic to life though his living condition is poor.

By changing his original name into Gaoxing(means happy), he always holds it that one should keep happy as long as he is alive and should always look to the bright side.While Wufu is a little bit pessimistic so Gaoxing often encourages him that life will be fine soon as long as they work hard. After came to Xi’an, with the help of a native fellow, they soon get a job to recycling waste. Since it is a low-payed job, life is still hard for them. However, they never lose heart and work hard. They seek fun from the hard life. GaoXing has a special hobby-making planes . He collects different materials to make planes, some just as toys while some he hopes one day can really fly high into the sky.

 
12
Mar
2009
西安事变 Xianshibian E-mail
Reviews - Movies & Cinema
Written by ND
The Chinese movie “Xi’an Shibian”, produced by the Xi’an Film Studio (西安电影制片厂) and launched in 1981, was the last movie directed by the then 64 years old third generation Chinese movie director Chen Ying 成荫. It is an officially sponsored movie with the ambition to “historically accurately describe” the events of the Xi’an Incident in 1936.

The Xi’an incident happened in December of the year 1936. Jiang Jieshi (= Chiang Kai-shek), leader of the Nationalist government in Nanjing and generalissimo, considering the given situation of the Chinese Communists being based at Yan’an in Northwest China and the Japanese being established in Manchuria and pressing on in Northern China, had given instructions to the Northeast Army (东北军) commander Zhang Xueliang (张学良) to ignore the Japanese invasion for the moment and first fight the Communists.

 


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