Black Snow (1990 Film)
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Black Snow 1990 Film

Black Snow
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Directed byXie Fei
Produced byYongxin Li
Written byLiu Heng
StarringCai Hongxiang
CinematographyXiao Feng
Production
company
Release date
  • 14 February 1990 (1990-02-14) (Berlin)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryChina
LanguageMandarin

Black Snow (Chinese: ; pinyin: b?n mìng nián) is a 1990 Chinese drama film directed by Xie Fei. It was written and adapted from a novel by Liu Heng.[2] It was entered into the 40th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear for an outstanding single achievement.[3] Although the English film title follows the original name of the novel,[4] the Chinese film title b?nmìngnián means the year when someone is aged 12, 24, 36, and so on when the Twelve Terrestrial Branches come round again.

Plot

The film captures the social impact of political change in China at the time.[2] A semi-literate who was deprived of schooling during the Cultural Revolution, Li Huiquan, is released from labor camp. He arrives back in his native Beijing to find that he has no family or prospects or friends, just his underworld contacts trying to drag him back into a life of crime.[5][6] His attempts to make good are continually thwarted. His street stall selling clothes puts him on the fringe of the black market, and he soon gets lured back into his old neighbourhood gangs. His disenchanted comrades include a nightclub chanteuse as well as an escaped convict.[7] The film's lurking handheld camera visually presents realistic footage of a man destined for the past from which he left behind.[8]

Cast

Reception

Awards

DVD release

In 2010, Black Snow was released as a DVD[5] in a new High-Definition transfer and a booklet featuring essay by author and academic Professor Shaoyi Sun.[9] It includes a 32-minute interview with Xie Fei, in which the director discusses a variety of topics from his training in cinema, to the Cultural Revolution and his approach to teaching filmmaking.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Black Snow" (PDF). Cine Chine. Cinéma Vendôme. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Cinema China 07". The University of Edinburgh. Archived from the original on 23 February 2007. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1990 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ Liu Heng  ;  ;  ; ? : Liu Heng Film Novels Collection 1993 Page 58 ",,?;?,?,?; 1990 , 1990 "
  5. ^ a b "Black Snow". Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ a b Wong, L.H. "Black Snow". IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Black Snow (Ben ming nian) (1990)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster, Inc. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Black Snow". Asia Pacific Films.com. Asia Pacific Films. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Black Snow". Second Run DVD. Second Run. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Chinese Cultural Courses". The Confuscius Institute for Scotland. The Confucius Institute for Scotland. Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "Black Snow". ASIAN FILM - Review. Uncooked Media Ltd. Retrieved 2012.

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