Piano in a factory

Piano in a factory

DVD - 2011 | Chinese
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The necktie -- "A man leads a drab existence in a dead-end job, until one day he discovers a forgotten birthday gift that magically reignites his long lost joy of life."--Container.
"When Chen's estranged wife reappears asking for a divorce and custody of their daughter, the musician girl decides she will live with whoever can provide her with a piano. Chen's struggle thus begins. When efforts to borrow money and even steal a piano fail, Chen concocts a preposterous plan - he'll make a piano from scratch! He persuades a bunch of reluctant, but loyal, misfit friends to help him forge the instrument in a derelict factory from a heap of scrap steel. Though crude in design and tune, the factory piano awaits its first and final performance from his little girl."--Container.

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lmldelgado
Aug 08, 2016

Great movie if you have the patience to read the subtitles. I did and enjoyed the movie. It was funny.

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taviwan
May 16, 2016

It is a slow movie. I almost gave up watching it, but I finished it anyway.

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ccm30library
Jan 26, 2016

One of the weakest Film Movement films....especially visually.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 25, 2015

Great - one of the best movies I've seen recently. Will likely buy my own copy to share with family, friends, etc.

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bdd
Apr 01, 2013

An extremely enjoyable film that will stand out in my memory for a long time to come.

A well-crafted story, told with genuine humor, that gives us a glimpse of the fortitude, ingenuity, and doggedness of a group of people living through a turbulent transitional period in China's near-past.

The cinematography is dark but sublime. Warmth and life is given to the cold, sterile, industrial waste-land that the characters inhabit, so much so that the setting nearly becomes one of the characters.

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zal1
Apr 08, 2012

Not your typical Chinese film. Part musical, part social commentary and a sizeable chunk of fun and mirth of comic proportion, Zhang Meng (watch for this promising director) has successfully melded a stark background of old abandoned factories to highlight a simple story of piano making, twisted love stories and the new reality of a capitalist China. The film can be construed as a metaphor for the fast changes this new economic superpower is undergoing with the abandonment of its old yet more secured and disciplined social structure. The film fuses a mix of musical influences that is obviously Balkan and/or Russian which gives this movie its unusually unChinese flavour. One of the best movies that's worthy of an Oscar nomination for Foreign film category! This actually would be a good material for a Broadway musical...Hey, Mr. Producer!

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