Springtime in a Small Town Image

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

Summary: Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining he has TB; Yuwan embroiders; they sleep in separate rooms. A surprise visit from Liyan's boyhood friend Zhang, a big city physician, wakes up the household. To Zhang's amazement, he discovers his friend's wife is his own youthful sweetheart. Possibilities abound: an affair, an arranged marriage of Zhang and Little Sister, now 16, or simply ending ennui and embracing vitality. Can a stifling atmosphere of Chinese Chekhov give way to spring? Alcohol at a birthday party speeds resolution.
Runtime: 116 min
Rating: Rated PG for some thematic elements
Production: Beijing Film Studio
Genres: Drama, Romance
Countries: Hong Kong, China, France, Netherlands
Language: Mandarin
Home Release Date: Nov 23, 2004
Director Credit
Zhuangzhuang Tian Director
Writer Credit
Cheng Ah Writer
Mu Fei Writer
Tianji Li Writer
Cast Credit
Bai Qing Xin Zhang Zhichen
Jingfan Hu Yuwen
Jun Wu Dai Liyan
Si Si Lu Dai Xiu
Xiao Keng Ye Lao Huang
Producer Credit
Alain Vannier Associate Producer
Buting Yang Executive Producer
Eric Heumann Associate Producer
Marc Sillam Associate Producer
Michael J. Werner Executive Producer
Shaohong Li Executive Producer
William Kong Producer
Wouter Barendrecht Executive Producer
Xiaowan Li Producer
Yatming Tang Producer
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