Together (He ni zai yi qi)
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Chen Kaige's first Chinese film since the poorly received, Hollywood-produced Killing Me Softly is based on a true story of an adolescent violin prodigy coming of age in Beijing. Raised in a small town, Xiao Chun (Tang Yun) is brought to Beijng by his devoted single father, Lui Cheng (Liu Peiqi), who recognizes his talent and is determined to make him a success. After losing a rigged competition for admission into a prestigious music school, Xaio Chun is taken as a student by a brilliant but distracted teacher, Jiang (Wang Zhiwen), and begins to become distracted himself by his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a touching film in which the actors, including director Chen Kaige in the role of Prof. Yu, deliver heart-touching performances."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"It's undeniably a melodrama, but there's enough real emotion lurking beneath the manipulative tear jerking to make the movie a worthwhile and occasionally genuinely moving experience."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Never wavers from its serviceably warm and fuzzy path."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Reeks of sentimentality and mawkish characterizations."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a story of old China versus new, of the transforming power of music, and of the love between a father and his son"
‑ Don Willmott,
"If you're in the mood for tears and triumph, with a dash of exoticism, Together may well be the film for you."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"Beautiful, touching and shamelessly manipulative weeper."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"...a small-scale movie set in modern Beijing that comes right up to the brink of mawkishness and is saved only by some residual inscrutability in the narrative."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A powerful film that should have been much better."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"So scattered, so full of pointless digressions, that it never really comes together."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"[T]here's really everything to recommend in here; beautifully directed, wonderfully acted and it's just a great looking film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"[Liu's] dreams may not be as vast or grandiose (or bloody) as other Chen characters, but they are immense, and immensely endearing, just the same."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"This film has wonderful music in it, and a pretty good story. The acting is solid and the cinematography is excellent."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Together is a drama of exceptional, elegant beauty... it's the kind of movie that makes you smile, that breaks your heart, that keeps you watching for more."
‑ David Cornelius,
"With gorgeous images by cinematographer Kim Hyungkoo and with Chen Kaige's observation of telling details, Together becomes a sweet story with a tart kick."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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