Still Life (Sanxia Haoren)
Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2006)

Jia Zhang Ke's haunting minimalist drama Still Life (aka Sanxia Haoren) takes as its focal point the real-life construction of the Three Gorges Hydro Project and it accompanying massive dam over the Yangtze River in China (allegedly the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 5, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Zhangke spellbindingly captures the human cost of rapid industrialization in modern China.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

More than a million people have been displaced in central China in the cause of generating electrical power to meet the needs of the future; Jia's flowing river of a picture washes over a few of them as they adjust to life's currents in the present.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Never has destruction looked more beautiful than the demolished buildings in Jia Zhang-ke's Still Life.

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Mike Archibald

...the neo-realism of Jia shooting his latest film "Still Life" around the actual Three Gorges Dam is stunning. It is a fresh, relieving change of course from the previous film's overwrought, overburdened allegorical setting.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

Simply one of the best films of last year, this year, or any year likely to come.

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Jonathan F. Richards

Writer-director Jia Zhangke is a keen observer of the effects of the break-neck modernization that is stampeding China toward a future that no one can predict, control, or contain.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A lyrical pic that brilliantly blends together documentary and fantasy to paint an evocative picture of modern China that is free from the usual Red Chinese propaganda.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

An extraordinary glimpse into the psychology, subtext and austere reality of modern Chinese culture.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Jia Zhang-ke is a new auteur making his mark. Embraced abroad on the international festival circuit, if less welcome on screens in China, this writer-director works in a genre that could be called globalist.

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Jia draws a fine line between the corporeal and ethereal, a fitting means of highlighting the inherent unbelievability of one's way of life disappearing underwater.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a gorgeous minimalist meditation on the effects of the three gorges dam project on the ancient chinese civilization in the area, focusing on two keenly observed… More
John Ballantine
The Three Gorges Damn saga has produced some very interesting fictional and non fictional accounts particularly on the displaced people of China. For great… More
Sheldon Chau
Jia Zhangke's STILL LIFE is a prime example of the effectiveness of observational filmmaking and how the weight of the subject alone (and its themes) can… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Still Life" starts with Han(Han Sanming) arriving in Fengjie as it is in the process of being prepared to be flooded to make way… More