Zhantai (Platform)
Zhantai (Platform) (2000)

The political and social changes that swept China during the 1980s are reflected in the lives of a troupe of musicians in this drama from acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke. In 1979, China is beginning to reinvent itself in the wake of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 16, 2005
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Awesome filmmaking.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Creates a vivid sense of what it's like to be on the remote fringes of a great state experiment.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Impressive though slow moving epic.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The play of the proscenium against the filmmaker's taste for unmediated reality is fascinating.

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Mark Peranson
Globe and Mail

One of the first masterpieces of the 21st century.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

A laconic portrait of a remote Chinese city in arrested development.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

An intellectually engaging movie.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Tells a specifically Chinese story, and yet it does so in a completely universal way.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

'The Wait Seems Never-Ending,' is how the title song from Platform goes, and the 155-minute film surely tries one's patience, but the end (which does finally come) is almost worth that wait.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Great bit of story telling from Zhang Ke Jia. It is a depiction of China in a moment of transition moving from Mao to the free market beliefs of his successors.… More
alan jay
Ok, I get it..but i had to endure 3 hours of my life watching this!!! Slower than thick syrup, this film drags and is acted with minimal flair--- there is very… More
Dimitris Springer
Flamboyant project by a modernist of the Chinese avant-garde.Epic in scale and thrilling in craving proportions,I present you the end of youth,the ostentatuous… More