Rent Spring in a Small Town (1948)

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1h 34min
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Synopsis:
Regarded as the finest work from the first great era of Chinese filmmaking, Fei Mu's quiet, piercingly poignant study of adulterous desire and guilt-ridden despair is a remarkable rediscovery, often compared to David Lean's Brief Encounter. After eight years of marriage to Liyan - once rich but now a shadow of his former self following a long, ruinous war - Yuwen does little except deliver his daily medication. A surprise visit from Liyan's friend Zhang re-energises the household, but also stirs up dangerously suppressed longings and resentments.
Director Fei Mu's deft use of locations, dissolves and camera movements makes for a fraught, febrile mood of hesitant passion, entrapment and ennui.
Actors:
Chaoming Cui, , Yu Shi, , Hongmei Zhang
Directors:
Writers:
Tianji Li
Aka:
Xiao cheng zhi chun
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance
Countries:
China, Classics, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/02/2015
Run Time:
94 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Languages:
English, Mandarin
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • BFI re-release trailer
  • A Small Town in China (1933, 9 mins): an intimate portrait of community life in an unidentified Chinese town
  • This is China (1946, 9 mins): a fascinating compilation of scenes showing diversity and disparity in 1940s China

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