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Sun Zhou's stylized Zhou Yu de Huoche (Zhou Yu's Train) is the story of a woman in love. Zhou Yu (Gong Li) and teacher Chen Ching (Tony Leung Kar-Fai) fall in love. After Ching gives Zhou a poem he wrote for her, she begins taking a train ride twice a week to his home in order to have sex with him. During her time on the train, she strikes up a relationship with a veterinarian (Sun Honglei), but she ends their time together when she learns that he spied on her during one of her visits with Ching. Gong Li has a second role as a another woman obsessed with Chen who is trying to ascertain… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Li fails to stoke much heat in Sun Zhou's pretentious and symbolic love triangle."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This is one of those languid numbers where slow motion -- and there's lots of it -- is meant to signify poetry, and a line like 'I know my lake is artificial, but it's full of water' is supposed to seem lyrical."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"...lovely and slight"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It just may be a movie that has difficulty transcending national borders."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Most, I suspect, will walk out of the theater wondering why they had to work so hard for so little reward."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Beautiful to look at but aimless as a broken compass."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"A terrific film."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"See Zhou Yu's Train for the interesting Chinese scenery, or see it to feast your eyes on the always beautiful Gong Li, but don't see it for the drama"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"[Zhou Yu]'s contradictory impulses, as well as a convoluted narrative structure, make Zhou Yu's Train a rough ride."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"When the sum of this film's parts are measured, it is nothing more than a celebration of the exquisitely beautiful Gong Li."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Zhou Yu's Train has its strengths, but it's clearly no bullet train."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The effort required at the end of Zhou Yu's Train to sort out exactly what just went down isn't worth the payoff."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A film that has considerably less on its mind than it thinks."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"The whole thing would be pretty painful if not for the presence of Gong, who makes some of it watchable."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A knotty, dreamy paean to romantic longing, Zhou Yu's Train is at once ravishing and precise."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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