is a 2005 film
directed by Gu Changwei
, written by Li Qiang
. This is Gu's first film as director after a lengthy career as a cinematographer
for some of China's top directors. The film premiered simultaneously in both China, and in competition at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival
, and went on to receive Berlin's Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear.
Original runtime was over four hours, but was reduced to 144 minutes for theatrical release.
The story is set in the 1970s in a small town in China. A middle aged couple has three children. The eldest son is obese and mentally challenged, therefore he is outcast and teased by others. The second child is an outgoing and energetic daughter, who is not afraid of doing anything to pursue her dreams or to survive. The youngest child is a shy and quiet boy who is ashamed by his older brother and tries to break away from the misery in his family. Breaking into three sections focusing on each of these siblings, the film allows us to look into the lives of ordinary Chinese people in the 70s.