Synopsis: Set in Fenyang, Shanxi Province, the film focuses on a group of amateur theatre troupe performers whose fate mirrors that of the general population in China as massive socio-economic changes sweep across the mainland. The film commences in 1979 with the troupe performing numbers idolizing Mao Zedong, ending in the '80s when the shows reflect the strong Western influences pervading China, covering a decade in which China saw tremendous changes.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Zhangke Jia
Production: Flach Pyramide International
  8 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
154 min

- Where are they?

- Still at it

I hear they broke the bed!

They didn't mean to

It could be true, anything's possible

Got a light?

Don't tell anyone, they'll kill you

Erbao's tractor was in a smash-up

It was in Longwangkou

The corpse is still lying there,

you know

When was it?

Day before yesterday

Now the Peasant Culture Group...

...from Fenyang will perform...

...Train Heading for Shaoshan

"A southbound train...

"... races across the sunny land

"It's heading for Shaoshan!

"Chairman Mao's hometown!

"Look, here they come!"

Wheels flying, whistle blowing

Train heading for Shaoshan!

Over mountains, across rivers...

Towards the radiant sun

Towards the radiant sun

"Comrades, next stop Shaoshan

"Chairman Mao's hometown



"How much longer to Shaoshan?

"Forty minutes, sir

"See, this gentleman

finds the train too slow

"Young folk, don't you know... "

Learn from Dazhai Commune

Where poor farmers

raised the red flag

They united in action

Fearless and practical,

they acted as one

Everyone on board?

Roll call

- Li Hongyun?

- Yes

Yao Eryong?

Yin Ruijuan?

Wen Xuefeng?

Zhang Jun?

Zhang Jun?

- Where were you?

- Toilet

Shangli Hongli?

Li Yang?

Yuan Fenglin?

Guo Xiaoyan?

Wu Jingming?

Cui Mingliang?

Cui Mingliang?

Lu Jinghuan?

Wang Xiaoling?

Zhang Xiaohong?

Zhong Ping?

Sun Lijuan?

Song Yongping?

- Cui Mingliang?

- In the toilet

Slackers hog the toilet

He's not a slacker!

Driver Xue, sound the horn

- Zhang Jun, your trousers?

- Wearing them!

It's really cold!

- No, the other pair

- Performance over?

Of course! I'm on the bus!

Are you?

- Aren't I?

- No discipline!

- Everyone was waiting!

- Are you in charge?

You understand collectivism?

Give me a break! I'm not that late

- I didn't spoil the show

- Didn't you?

You think you were okay?

- What do you think?

- I'm not bad

What the hell were

those train sounds?

I don't know how a train sounds!

Never taken a train?

Even if you've never tasted pork,

you must have seen a pig!

I've only heard one!

Seen The Train Driver's Son?

Seen Railway Guerrillas?

I'm not a train driver's son

Forget it, Mingliang


Let's move

Ready yet, Mum?

Can't you make yourself useful?

More chores?

Have you asked Brother?

Who's older, you or him?

You should have had him first then

Shouldn't have had you at all!

We're different!

I'm an art worker, I use my brain

Really? Here, you follow orders

Then I'll stop coming home

Yes, society needs you, live outside!

- If you won't feed me, the Party will

- Get out!

He slashed girls' trousers

with a razor

He used to cut the girls too,

until he got more skilful

Then the girls didn't notice...

...until they got home

- Pretty bad

- Your trousers, Zhang Jun

The bottoms are so wide!

I could sweep the streets with them!

Didn't you see this boiling?

Where did you get those bellbottoms?

My Auntie got them in Guangzhou

Your Auntie bought them for you?

They're trendy in the big cities,

you know

Then you should go and live there!

I would if I could!

Mum, you should liberate

your thoughts!

You should try self-criticism!

Watch out they don't lock you all up

Men need to let off steam!

No legwarmers? Catch your death, then

Come on!

- Want a pair, Eryong?

- And get my legs cut?

Who'd want to do that, idiot?

Come on, help unload the logs


Your hat


- What are those trousers?

- Bellbottoms


Bellbottom trousers

- Can you squat in them?

- Of course

Show me


- See?

- Okay

People can work in those trousers?

I'm an art worker, no manual work

You sound more like

a capitalist roader

I can't talk to you

What's the time?

See, there they are


Them? That Cui Mingliang

looks like a real idiot

Why not teach him a lesson?

- Go on!

- I don't dare

I do

What time do you call this?

Sorry, my watch stopped

Not smart enough?


- What are those trousers?

- Same as his

Imitating others like a kid!

- They're in fashion

- One good turn...

It's starting, it'll be sold out!

Buy the tickets!


Go on!

Go on!

I'm a rambler

'm a rambler

A rambler's fate is sad

'm a rambler

'm a rambler

won't disguise who I am

'm a rambler

Yin Ruijuan of the Cultural Team!

Someone wants you outside!

Yin Ruijuan of the Cultural Team!

Someone wants you outside!


- Why are you here?

- I'm not with a crowd

- Who are you with?

- Zhong Ping

- Learn from good people!

- What do you mean?

Face the wall!

You're easily led,

always seeing foreign movies

Cui Mingliang!


You're seeing this film too

Why have you come out?

- I have a report to write

- Really?

I have to go

You can write reports?

- Go back and watch it

- No, I don't want to

Then don't be late

I don't believe him

Wearing glasses

doesn't mean he can write!

He just blindly follows others!

Of course I'm judging by appearance!

I see hundreds at the station

every day

I know a bad guy when I see one


No, I saw you

I saw you too

My father would too, let's go down

Haven't you been with Zhong Ping?

Why should I have been?

Zhang Jun's family doesn't know yet?

They should by now

- What's wrong?

- Nothing

Zhong Ping's family

seems to like Zhang Jun

He ate at their place last night

Your father goes too far sometimes

- What do you mean?

- He's like a KGB man

Don't say that, he is my dad

Since Mum died, he's worried about me

But he's like a military dictator!

Don't say that

- What are you doing tomorrow?

- Working

Auntie wants me

to meet a man tomorrow

A prospective husband?

They arrange the whole thing

That's nice, to have it arranged

Auntie says he's a dentist

Great, a university graduate!

- Why are you so happy?

- Am I?

Where is Ulan Bator?

Capital of Outer Mongolia

Where's Outer Mongolia?

Up north, past Inner Mongolia

And further north?


And further north?

The sea, I guess

And further north?

What the f*** are you on about?

Further north is here, Fenyang

So we're all north of the sea

"Romance... romance...

"What is romance?

"My soul is like a willow in March

"Romance... romance...

"What is romance?

"Who loves not romance?

"My thoughts ripen like fruit

in autumn"

You use this ruler for fighting?

Comics? How old are you?

Camelia? What's this Camelia?

She sells camelias

"Through Marguerite's sad demise,

the book reveals...

"... the ugly face of capitalism

and the fact of moral hypocrisy

"Marguerite has humble origins

"To survive, she prostitutes herself

on the streets of Paris... "

Paris! Prostitute!


Let him be, don't look for him

"Slightly out of focus...

Slightly out of focus... "

Are you crazy?

Losing your temper?

Thinking about that dentist?

We could beat him up!

Smash out his teeth so badly...

...even he couldn't fix them!

Good plan?

I've been looking for you!

I told you we'd get haircuts!

Not you... Cui, you should watch

TV this evening

I'm waiting for a haircut

I see, very impressive!

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