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Release Date: 22nd February 2007
Language: Mandarin
Running Time: 128 mins

Rating: U
Genre: Romance / Drama
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Pippo Starnazza, Anna Carena, Germano Longo
[full cast]
Directed by: Vittorio De Sica, Zhang Yang
Local Distributor: Golden Scre

Movie Plot
Chairman Mao has died and the Gang of Four have fallen, leaving former painter Gengnian (Sun Haiying) to return home to his wife, Xiuqing (Joan Chen), and the pair’s nine-year-old son Xiangyang (Zhang Fan). With his hands permanently damaged by the ravages of hard labour, Gengnian cannot return to painting although his young son has shown artistic promise. Troubled by the sudden presence of a father he has never known and rebelling against the path before him, Xiangyang ignites a firecracker in his hand in hopes that it may derail his artistic career. In the years that follow, Xiangyang’s reputation as a talented artist grows while his relationship with his father remains forever troubled.


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