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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Aug 08, 2016

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

May 16, 2016

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

Jan 26, 2016

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

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.

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.

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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