Shower


A Chinese comedy which seeks to examine the way in which new technology and habits are replacing the old traditional elements of Chinese society. Set mainly in a bath house in a run-down area, we join the owner, an old man, his retarded son, and his estranged, successful, first born, who comes on a visit thinking his father was dying. The storyline is mainly a device to contrast the old and traditional with the new and modern, making the point that even though we now build huge blocks of flats to house large numbers of people, these complexes do not have the same sense of community and cameraderie that the slum areas they replace used to have. All the plot points revolve around water and bathing in one way or the other.
Chinese with English subtitles.


92 minutes.
Parental Guidance .
Comedy, Male conflict & bonding, On the Art Circuit

Showtimes

The original Old Boys Club.
The original Old Boys Club.

Credits

Cast
Wu Jiang, Quanxin Pu, He Zeng, Xu Zhu
Director
Yang Zhang
ScreenplayShangjun Cai, Yinan Diao, Xin Huo, Fendou Liu, Yang Zhang
MusicXiaogang Ye
CinematographyJian Zhang
Sound formatsDolby SR
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributor Ster-Kinekor
Made in1999
Produced byImar Film, Xi'an Film Studio

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

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Ian Douglas
11
Cape Argus
Owen Williams
15
The Cape Times
Julia Landau
15
The Star
Darryl Accone
14
Die Burger
Gabriël Botma
15
eye Weekly
Alex Patterson
10
Total Film
Tom Dawson
5
Film Review
Nick Briggs
15
Uncut
Robert McTaggart
15

What the People say

Internet
103 Netizens
14

Average .. 65%

13

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: A delightful Chinese comedy, with, as is par for the genre, lots of social commentary and a ''hidden'' story behind the obvious. Interesting for its look at Chinese life, which is both different and similar to our own Western society.






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