Zhou Yu's Train
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Zhou Yu is a painter at a ceramic factory in the town of Sanming in northwestern China. She has fallen in love with Chen Qing, a shy poet who works in a library in Zhongyang and lives in the clouds. To see him, she travels from Sanming to Zhongyang by train on every weekend, whenever the longing to see him overcomes her. Chen would always wait for her at the train station, with roses, lilies or carnations. Back at Chen's tiny apartment, they make passionate love, and always conclude their amorous encounter with a bowl of sweet tofu soup from an old street peddler. Their future together… More
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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