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Suzhou River

Opens on January 7

Director: Lou Ye Run Time: 83 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2000 Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

Starring: Jia Hongsheng, Nai An, Yao Anlian, Zhongkai Hua, Zhou Xun

The film that got its director, Lou Ye, banned from making movies for two years by the Chinese government is back in a gorgeous new restoration. Mardar (Jia), a young motorcycle messenger transports the teenaged daughter of a shady businessman to her aunt’s house each day–while her father ‘entertains.’ Of course, they fall in love but soon, one kidnapping plot and a mysterious death later, the teenager is gone and Mardar is in jail. When he is released, he becomes obsessed with a dancer who is the hauntingly familiar double of his lost love. Upon its original release, this dazzling, steamy neo-noir homage to classic cinema elicited comparisons to Chungking Express, Vertigo, Diva, and, surprisingly, Splash! 



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