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Thatched Memories DVD

Mandarin and/or Cantonese Multilingual DVDs

Hong Kong Movie


102 Minutes


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Thatched Memories (1999)


Director: Xu Geng

Starring: Cao Dan, Du Yuan, Wu Qinqin, Ji Xirong, Xu Yanqing, Xu Chengfeng


Sangsang, now grown-up, has vivid memories of his pleasant, enjoyable past spent at a primary school in the country. Set in a farm village just prior to the Cultural Revolution, this film depicts the reminiscence of the people dear to Sangsang.

1962, Youmadi primary school, in the Year of the Tiger. Eleven-year-old Sangsang (Cao Dan), born in the Year of the Dragon, learns some hard lessons of life through clashes with his father (the school's head), his schoolmates, his first love, and his own conscience.

This multilayered adaptation by Cao Wenxuan of his own novel, echoes Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn's experiences. Sangsang becomes a go-between - exactly like the young boy in Joseph Losey's masterpiece - even though there are less poisonous issues concealed in the rural Chinese landscape. Liu Lihua's enchanting camerawork captures the changing seasons and passage of time at the simple school by the river. This contemplative, elegiac work, directed by Xu Geng, is masterfully worked out from the first to last frame.

DVD: List Price: US $21.95

Sale Price: US$9.95

Language: Mandarin

Subtitle: English /  Chinese

All Regions (Can be played on any DVD player in the world)

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Rating: IIA - "Some Content May Be Inappropriate For Children" (roughly equal to an MPPA rating of "PG-13") Films rated Category IIA may contain mild violence such as martial arts, mild nudity that is not sexually oriented, mild explicit language and some mild adult situations.