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Zhou Yu's Train (2002) (DVD) (UK Version) DVD Region 2

Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Gong Li (Actor) | Sun Hong Lei (Actor) | Sun Zhou (Director)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.6 out of 10 (5)

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Starring Gong Li and Tony Leung Ka Fai, Zhou Yu's Train tells the story of a beautiful woman called Zhou Yu whose work entails painting fabric and ceramic vases. Each work, she goes to visit her lover, introverted poet Liang Jiahui, who works in the library. As she has to get to the library by train, Zhou Yu soon catches the attention of a veterinarian (Sun Honglei), which leads to a complicated triangle love affair.
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Product Title: Zhou Yu's Train (2002) (DVD) (UK Version) 周漁的火車 (2002) (DVD) (英國版) 周渔的火车 (2002) (DVD) (英国版) たまゆらの女 Zhou Yu's Train (2002) (DVD) (UK Version)
Artist Name(s): Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Gong Li (Actor) | Sun Hong Lei (Actor) 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 鞏 俐 (Actor) | 孫紅雷 (Actor) 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 巩 俐 (Actor) | 孙红雷 (Actor) 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 鞏俐(コン・リー) (Actor) | 孫紅雷 (スン・ホンレイ) (Actor) Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | 공리 (Actor) | Sun Hong Lei (Actor)
Director: Sun Zhou 孫 周 孙周 孫周  Sun Zhou
Release Date: 2013-10-08
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Hindi
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 1.85 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Duration: 89 (mins)
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034182171

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Director: Sun Zhou

Twice a week, Zhou Yu (Gong Li, Farewell my Concubine), a beautiful artisan, takes the train to faraway Chongyang, where she indulges in a torrid affair with Chen Ching / (Tong Leung Ka-Fai, The Lover), her poet-lover. United by their passion, he finds in Zhou the ultimate muse, while she believes Chen to be her ideal soul mate.

But accompanying Zhou on her long, lonely train rides are two individual who threaten to derail her romantic idyll: Zhang Qiang (Sun Honglei, The Road Home), a young doctor hopelessly obsessed with her, and Xiu (Li, in a dual role), a mysterious young woman who bares a striking resemblance to Zhou and seems to be following her every move. A passionate tale of one woman's search for perfect love, ZHOU YU's TRAIN is a sensual evocation of distance and time, reality and imagination, where the only thing that's truly real is what's in one's heart.
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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.6 out of 10 (5)

Justin
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December 22, 2007

This customer review refers to Zhou Yu's Train (Hong Kong Version)
A+++ Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This isn't an easy middle of the road film, in fact, middle of the road is uncharacteristic for Sun Zhou so it isn't going to be a mainstream success either. For any Gong Li fans, this film will probably be all the more disappointing as Gong Li's sensuality lies in her acting rather than mere superficial beauty (wake up guys!) as her appearance is strikingly low-key and average compared to her other roles in films in which her sumptuous beauty only arouses further the penetration of the senses into the personae of her characters.

The first time I watched this film it sent me to sleep. A year later, I've realised why. The English subtitles are very weak and miss the beautifully poetic transformations of phrases which echo throughout the film's modern hand-held sequences and stark use of cold tungsten lighting for an atmosphere of desolation. The filming also deliberately derives a slice of everyday life across a cross-section of China, from rural to city dwellings, connected by trains with a simple almost documentary like feel without ornate and grandiose adornment.

This is probably why it's so easy to fall asleep and miss the subtle and powerful force of the lovers passion. It doesn't help that the English subtitles become so diluted in builders' English that it does no justice to the Mandarin.

Yet once those barriers are surmounted, there's a film noir masterpiece under the covers. Not for the uninitiated nor for those looking for a soppy romance. Really deserves better subtitling for the future.
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Rhoda
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March 7, 2007

This customer review refers to Zhou Yu's Train (Hong Kong Version)
Not much Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I have seen this film a long time already but i was only able to review it just now. The love story began in the train...of course as the title says. The actors are good but i don't like the story. And the pacing is a bit slow. You will fall asleep.
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Anonymous

November 12, 2004

This customer review refers to Zhou Yu's Train (Hong Kong Version)
Take The Train Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
ZHOU YU'S TRAIN is the type of film that may -- just may -- require repeat viewing in order to take in all the thia story has to offer: if you blink -- much like the effect of the quickly passing scenery out the window of any train -- you might miss something better explored, as the ending of this evenly-paced romance shows.

While one could hardly argue with the notion that there are parts of TRAIN that appear uneven and, at least, forced, the film still manages to deliver a perspective worth a single view: Zhou Yu falls in love with a poet she must take the train to see, but, aboard the train, she finds herself somewhat distracted by a veterinarian who insists -- despites her mild protests -- on pursuing her affections. As a result, TRAIN explores more than one budding relationship and can be confusing on more than one occasion. In fact, one could make the argument that what truly is transpiring here cannot be fully appreciated until the film's final few moments, and, even then, the viewer may be left with many unanswered questions. However, what is clear is Zhou's desire to seek the answers to questions of the various loves in her life (two men, friendship, art, etc.), and the narrative clearly appears to be a device through which an exploration of the female mind and heart is undertaken. Whether you reach a destination is entirely up to the viewr.

Of course, the best scenery is, indeed, Gong Li. If you're a fan of her work, then TRAIN is definitely for you.
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Anonymous

October 13, 2003

This customer review refers to Zhou Yu's Train (Hong Kong Version)
Slow, but intense. Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Subtle, intense, poetic, thoughtful, dark and brooding are all words that describe this film.

The performances by the three leads are impeccable. The idea is intriguing the sets perfect and the story line provocative, yet I cannot quite warm to this film.

This tale about an indecisive and, in my opinion, selfish and self-centered young woman who is looking for love and lust without much caring who she injures along the way, is so confused it makes you dizzy!

There are moments of incredible sensuality, power, and sorrow, but they are few and far between. It seems a lot of film and talent was wasted on this one! And what a shame that is. Three terrific and gifted actors, all of them pretty darn sexy, trapped in a movie that is, not so much arty, as dead.

I can’t bring myself to give it a high rating, even though anything with Tony Leung Ka Fai is worth a look. I suggest you rent or borrow it before putting out real money. It’s definitely worth a look, but not necessarily two.
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Anonymous

May 2, 2003

This customer review refers to Zhou Yu's Train (Hong Kong Version)
She's back!! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Gong Li, one of the most beatiful women in the world and one of the finest actors in the world is back! After traveling throught history in most of her previous roles, it is nice to see her in a contemporary role for a change. While this is not the best movie she has ever made, it is great viewing. As in most of her films, she plays a confused, lost and, at times, tragic character. I will not go into the plot (watch the movie!!), but as for other reviews I have read, I feel too many people try too hard to analyse the movie. This film, like most of Ms. Li's films, might require some thought on the viewers part (oh, no!!) to fully enjoy it. Maybe repeated viewings are necessary. Personally, I feel it would be a great "date movie"!
Overall, I thought it was very well directed with great acting and a lovely music score.
Then again, maybe I'm happy just to see Gong Li on the screen again. It has been much too long!!!
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