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

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