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Together [DVD] [2003] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director-writer-producer-star Chen Kaige, well known for his visually sumptuous tales of historical China (FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE) directs this sweet-natured coming of age tale set in modern day Beijing. An impoverished cook, Liu Chen (Liu Peiqui), gives up his provincial life to move his 13-year-old violin virtuoso son, Xiaochun (Tang Yun), to Beijing so that he can audition for a prestigious music school. Once in the crowded industrial city Liu is bewildered by the big money and corruption and Xiaochun is forced to learn about the perils of the real world and the high stress of competitive classical music training from Professor Tiang (Wang Zhiwen), a cynical and eccentric music teacher. While Liu struggles as a lowly food delivery man, Xiaochun blossoms as a musician, but also as a modern day teenager, full of confusion and desire. His desire is provoked by their neighbor, Lili (Chen Hong--Chen Kaige's wife), a high-class call girl whose love of money and power masks a pure heart that tenderly cares for the young boy. With dreams of his son's potential, Liu hires a second teacher, Professor Yu (played by Chen Kaige), who is a slick and ruthless starmaker. Finally, Xiaochun must decide whether his dreams are the same as his father's, in this moving tale set to an eloquent classical music soundtrack.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1005637

  • Credits
    Tang Yun, Lui Peiqi, Chen Hong, Wang Zhiwen, Wang Zhi Wen, Chen Kaige
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The grand musical swirl lends TOGETHER the feel of a historical epic..."
    New York Times

    "Lovely and unabashedly sentimental....The story's simple grace and humanity, poignantly directed by Kaige are its greatest assets..."
    USA Today

    "...Chen Kaige certainly knows how to draw out the very best from his cast, and Wang offers a delightful portrait of an unassertive man who has lost out on a lot in life..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Here is a movie not embarrassed by strong, basic emotions like love and ambition. It has the courage to face them head-on....TOGETHER is powerful in an old-fashioned, big-studio kind of way..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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