Shun Li and the Poet

Synopsis: A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Andrea Segre
Production: Artificial Eye
  19 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

That the poet Qu Yuan help us

to face a new year.

And protect us

in this distant land.

"Although I am tied to virtue,

at dawn tease me,

and with twilight laugh,

intertwining offended orchids

with divine angelic flower ...

Again with Qu Yuan!

Are you crazy?

We are in Italy!

- Come on, hurry.

- I'm here.

- As the poet helps me win.

- Again!

Your turn.

West wind.

- Eight lines.

- Ten thousand.

- Go to hell!

- Wind!

White Panel.

Come, come.



- Out.

- Again!

- A toast to the ass!

- You've won everything!

- A toast to the poet?

- No way.

Well I drink alone.

Come in, Shun Li.

Within two weeks,

you'll go to Chioggia,

near Venice,

to work in a bar.

How long?

- So the news.

We'll pay the trip

and the residence permit

and you'll have to pay back everything.

And how much do I have left?

I do not know, we'll tell you

when the time comes.

You can go.

My son, how are you?

I miss you so much.

Did you miss me?

How is Grandpa?

How's school?

want to know everything.

When the boss tells us

30 day sewing shirts,

I do ten

and those ten are for you.

All the work I do for you,

to get you here sooner.

Be patient.

Soon we will be together,

you'll see.

Good afternoon.

- Already Shun Li?

- Yes

We were waiting.

How was your trip?


Your room is upstairs.

For the aquarium are the stairs,

after storage,

the back door to the right.

Thank you.

Your room is there.


- Hello.

- Hello.

I've cleared the table,

the closet is out.

Thank you.

- I'm Shun Li.

- I know.

I am Lian.

Is the journey has been long?

Yes, it took me all day

from Rome.

Are you tired?


Will I work here?

I do not think.

They have bought a new bar

in Italian is called "osteria".

"Spritz" is yellow wine?

Yellow not white

Campari with a little water.

So what we do here at Chioggia.

I can't say "Spritz".

You don't have to say it,

you have to understand it.

The book of debts.

The "Ciodi".

The debts are called "Ciodi".

These are debts

Maria left.


She was the owner of the bar.

- Is this your first time in a bar?

- Yes, before sewing.

I hear you're good,

so it will be easy.


It's not hard.

A "The Laurel and Hardy".

Do you understand?

Half red and half orange.

Half and half.

And "skinny".

- Thanks.

- Thank you.

Coffee with plum.

- Hello, Angelo.

- Hello, Bepi.

- How is everything, alright?

- Great, how about you?


- And the plum?

- Yes


Well put it.


He does not understand.


Excuse me.

I can??


Do you see the picture?

That's a plum.

Mixed with ...



- Plum.

- Yes

Thank you.

And now I drink.


- It's cold.

- Sorry.

No matter, no problem.

- Do you like?

- A marvel.

Poet, instead of looking at my hand,

recite a poem to the Chinese.

- I'm inspired.

- Try it.

Excuse me.

- Who's Moustache?

- Why?

Because he has to pay 45 euros.

He's gone, if I see him, I say.

- Thank you.

- If you see him, tell him!

What Bode? Who is Bode?

- He is not here.

- Bode 60 euros.

It is with Moustache!


- Are you here?

- No.

- Devis not.

- Is not it?

Thank you.

"He came from the east

to serve my people,

speaks little Italian,

but the money you have on hand. "

Hello, Devis.

Are you Devis?

- 'I'lenes "ciodo "of 18 euros.

- What?

'Nenes "ciodo" of 18 euros.

She's mad as a hatter.




make some coffee.


Do you like?

- If you want I'll give you one.

- Thank you.

Hey, son, how are you?

I miss you so much.

Mom wants to tell

a story.

The sea is very beautiful.

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Andrea Segre

Andrea Segre (born 6 September 1976) is an Italian film director. He directed more than ten films since 2004. more…

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