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Under the Hawthorn Tree (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Zhang Yimou (Director) | Zhou Dong Yu (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Lu Li Ping (Actor)
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Under the Hawthorn Tree (DVD) (Korea Version)
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After a decade of big movies with big names, acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou returns to a simpler age in Under the Hawthorn Tree, his first romantic drama since The Road Home. Two complete newcomers - Shawn Dou and the adorable Zhou Dongyu - are cast as the innocent lovebirds of this rustic, Cultural Revolution-era romance based on a novel by Ai Mi. A nostalgic pure love story perfectly told, Under the Hawthorn Tree quietly warms and breaks hearts in aching snippets, with lush attention to fine details and fleeting moments. Zhang Yimou's simplest film in years is also one of his most emotionally powerful.

The daughter of a right-winger, schoolgirl Jing Qiu (Zhou Dongyu) is sent to the countryside for reeducation, and tasked to help write a textbook. There she meets Lao San (Shawn Dou), a young soldier with a bright future ahead. Despite the class divide and parental disapproval, romance blooms against turbulent times.

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Product Title: Under the Hawthorn Tree (DVD) (Korea Version) 山楂樹之戀 (DVD) (韓國版) 山楂树之恋 (DVD) (韩国版) Under the Hawthorn Tree (DVD) (Korea Version) 산사나무 아래 (DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Zhou Dong Yu (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Lu Li Ping (Actor) | Hsi Mei Chuan (Actor) | Sun Hai Ying (Actor) | Li Xue Jian (Actor) | Cheng Tai Shen (Actor) | Sa Ri Nuo (Actor) 周 冬雨 (Actor) | 竇 驍 (Actor) | 呂麗萍 (Actor) | 奚美娟 (Actor) | 孫 海英 (Actor) | 李雪健 (Actor) | 成泰燊 (Actor) | 薩日娜 (Actor) 周 冬雨 (Actor) | 窦 骁 (Actor) | 吕丽萍 (Actor) | 奚美娟 (Actor) | 孙 海英 (Actor) | 李雪健 (Actor) | 成泰燊 (Actor) | 萨日娜 (Actor) 周冬雨 (チョウ・ドンユィ) (Actor) | 竇驍 (ショーン・ドウ) (Actor) | 呂麗萍(ロイ・ライピン) (Actor) | 奚美娟(シー・メイチュアン) (Actor) | 孫海英(スン・ハイイン) (Actor) | 李雪健(リー・シュエチェン) (Actor) | 成泰燊 (チェン・タイシェン) (Actor) | Sa Ri Nuo (Actor) Zhou Dong Yu (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Lu Li Ping (Actor) | Hsi Mei Chuan (Actor) | Sun Hai Ying (Actor) | Li Xue Jian (Actor) | Cheng Tai Shen (Actor) | Sa Ri Nuo (Actor)
Director: Zhang Yimou 張藝謀 张艺谋 張藝謀(チャン・イーモウ) 장이모우
Release Date: 2022-11-09
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Korean
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Video Travel
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1117010616

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산사나무 아래 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen format:2.35:1 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN
*Sound mix:Chinese Dolby Digital 2.0


최근 몇 년간 <연인>, <영웅>, <황후화> 연출과 베이징 올림픽 개막식 공연연출 등 대규모 작품의 연출에 주력하였던 장이모우 감독이 초창기 작품을 연상시키는 소박한 작품으로 다시 돌아왔다. 아미(艾米)의 원작소설 <산사나무의 사랑>을 각색한 <산사나무 아래>는 문화혁명기를 배경으로 연인들의 절절한 사랑을 담고 있는 작품이다. 아버지가 정치적인 이유로 투옥된 뒤, 징치우는 정식 교사가 되어 집안을 일으켜 세워야 한다는 어머니의 당부를 늘 잊지 않는다. 하지만, 그녀는 라오산을 만나 사랑에 빠지게 되고 자신의 책임감 때문에 괴로워한다. 이런 징치우를 바라보면서 라오산은 무조건적이고 헌신적인 사랑을 하게 된다. 장이모우 감독은 징치우와 라오산의 사랑을 통해 순수의 시대를 꿈꾼다. 세월의 무게 때문에, 혹은 사회의 변화된 환경 때문에 이제는 점차 사라져 가는 ‘순수함’ 에 대해 다시 이야기하는 것이다. 그리고 그 ‘순수함’은 남성 감독의 그것이라고는 믿기 힘들 정도로 섬세하고 정감 어린 연출을 통해 표현되고 있다. 신인배우를 발굴하는 데에도 일가견이 있는 장이모우 감독은 조동유(周冬雨)와 두오샤오라는 두 신인배우로부터 감독 자신이 가장 강조하고 싶었던 ‘순수함’의 이미지를 성공적으로 이끌어 내고 있다. 대작에서 소박한 사랑의 이야기로 돌아온 장이모우 감독의 행보는, 감독으로서의 자기 자신 역시 초창기의 순수한 작가정신을 잃지 않았음을 항변하는 듯 하다.
* 이 영화를 표현하는 한마디는 아련함,황순원의 <소나기>나 알퐁스 도데의 <별>같은 불멸의 순수함을 그린 문학 작품,
* 중국 영화에 대한 편견을 깨준 영화!
* 풍경과 색감이 아름다운 영화,
* 문화혁명 당시 중국의 배경을 잘 녹여서 영화안에 스며들게 한 <산사나무 아래>
* 모두가 지나온 그 순수의 시절에 대한 향수를 불러일으키는 영화,
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Professional Review of "Under the Hawthorn Tree (DVD) (Korea Version)"

June 16, 2011

This professional review refers to Under the Hawthorn Tree (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Zhang Yimou continues his genre-hopping career reinvention by following up his western remake A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop with Under the Hawthorn Tree. Based on a novel by Ai Mi, the film is a romantic drama set during the Cultural Revolution, focusing on the pure love and misfortunes of a young couple played by Shawn Dou and the gorgeous Zhou Dongyu. With both stars making their debuts, the film sees Zhang returning to the humanist territory of his earlier films The Road Home and Not One Less taking a simple story and enhancing it with genuine warmth, a keen eye for period detail and plenty of misty eyed emotion and nostalgia.

The film follows Zhou Dongyu as Jing Qiu, a high school senior who is sent to the countryside as part of the Cultural Revolution re-education movement to live and work with a family in a mountain village. With her father having been jailed as a rightist and her sickly mother frequently accused as a capitalist, Jing is very keen to fit in, and starts work on a textbook on a local hawthorn tree which is said to have grown from the blood of revolutionary martyrs who died for the cause. While there she meets and pursued by Sun (Shawn Dou), a kind and humorous young man with a bright future in the party, and the two slowly and chastely fall in love, hiding their relationship from disapproving parents and the authorities.

Under the Hawthorn Tree really is the polar opposite to Zhang Yimou's Hero and House of Flying Daggers not to mention the majority of other grandiose productions with which he made his name on the international stage. Quietly told through a series of encounters and events, with most of its revelations and narrative leaps being related through title cards rather than onscreen drama, the film is a wonderfully gentle and delicate affair which aims to convey its emotions through mood and atmosphere as much as dialogue. The film certainly has a very strong, though subtle visual component, with a convincing and appealing recreation of the period that makes for an air of wistfulness, showing great use of the silently magnificent rural scenery without any obvious panoramic shots.

This low-key approach actually fits very well with the central romance, which itself is characterised by hesitancy and unspoken affections, the physical attraction between Jing and Sun being all the more powerful for its being kept in check. Zhou Dongyu and Shawn Dou are both excellent in their roles, with a real chemistry between them, much of their relationship being expressed very effectively through simple gestures and looks. The film has a markedly unforced, almost innocent charm, and though it never strays too far from the predictable path it's affecting in a way which many might not have thought Zhang capable. Also somewhat surprising is the fact that the Cultural Revolution setting is never really exploited for anything more than a backdrop, simply representing a time of change in Chinese society. Although the script does tackle a number of fairly weighty issues, depicting how the lives and loves of everyday people were thrown into confusion by the tumultuous politics of the time, it focuses firmly on the human angle and aims for intimacy rather than social commentary. Thankfully, Zhang doesn't go too far in the other direction either, and the film's setting isn't whitewashed or turned into the kind of propagandist style message seen in other mainstream Chinese genre films.

It's really a shame that Under the Hawthorn Tree may not get the same kind of exposure as some of Zhang Yimou's other films, as it's arguably his best for some time, and one which serves as a fine reminder that he is a director capable of far more than mere spectacle. The film is easily one of the best Chinese romances or nostalgia pieces of late, benefitting from a refined quietness and ingenuous humanity that captivates wholly throughout.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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September 22, 2021

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Pure love Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Director Zhang Yimou's film 'Under the Hawthorn Tree' is a love story of great, simple beauty. Set during the Cultural Revolution, and subtly hinting at the horrors of that age, the film tells of the luminously sweet high school girl Jing (Zhou Dong Yu), who is sent to the country to 'learn from the peasants'. While there she meets the kind and handsome Sun (Shawn Dou), a worker with a geological exploration unit, and each is immediately smitten with the other.

Over the coming months, their relationship is challenged by long separations, parental resistance, illness, and the constant threat of political persecution, yet the enduring purity of Jing and Sun's shared love shines through.

What is most striking about director Zhang's film is its firm grasp of the true nature of love -- a self-sacrificing relationship which always puts the interests of the other above one's own. This simple truth is captured so beautifully in 'Under the Hawthorn Tree' that, having seen it, one can't imagine ever forgetting it. Very highly recommended.
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