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SPRINGTIME IN A SMALL TOWN

China, 2002 (MIFF 2003, Regional Focus)

Director: Tian Zhuangshuang

It is 1946 and China is picking itself up after the withdrawal of Japanese troops. Yuwen lives in a war-damaged house with her ailing husband, Dai, her sister-in-law, Xiu, and a house servant. She is bored and restless, looking for distractions when Zhang, an old flame and a friend of Dai's, pays the family a visit. Oblivious to the reawakened chemistry between his wife and old friend, Dai tries to set up his sister with Zhang. The household has come alive and by the end of spring, the relationships within will have irrevocably altered.

A remake of one of China's most beloved films, this sumptuous new film is an exercise in restraint, depicting the hidden emotions and desires with remarkable subtlety. Winner of the prestigious San Marco Prize at last year's Venice Film Festival.

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South Korea, 2002
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INFERNAL AFFAIRS

Hong Kong, 2002
Taking its place besides the classic John Woo and Tsuik Hark Hong Kong action films of the 80s and 90s, Infernal Affairs is as hard boiled and relentless as they come. Yan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) is an… More »

PERFECT STRANGERS

New Zealand, 2003
When Melanie (Rachael Blake, Lantana, MIFF 2001) goes home from the pub with the best looking bloke (Sam Neill) there, she is more than pleased with herself. After a night of revelry, she passes out … More »

GOZU

Japan, 2003
This Cannes Directors' Fortnight selection relates the story of Ozaki, a senior Japanese gangster whose increasingly peculiar behaviour is beginning to worry his Yakuza superiors. When Ozaki interrup… More »

TOGETHER

China, 2002
13-year-old Xiaochun is a shy and sensitive violin prodigy who lives with his father, a hardworking chef in a provincial Chinese city. They set out for Beijing to further the young boy's musical educ… More »

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