Summer Palace
Summer Palace (2006)

A romance takes place against some of the most turbulent events in recent Chinese history in this epic-scale story from filmmaker Lou Ye. Yu Hong (Hao Lei) is a beautiful 17-year-old girl who is soon to leave the small border town where she… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it suffers from excessive length and inconsistent pacing, Summer Palace is held aloft by Hao Lei's riveting performance.

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Though made in 2006, its American release could not have been better timed.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

I still must recommend Summer Palace, especially for the remarkably strong performance by Hao Lei as Yu Hong, the daughter of a shopkeeper in the provinces.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

The supporting cast is uniformly fine and excels at creating an emotional spectrum appropriate to the wildly variegated tonalities of Summer Palace's very realistic milieu.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Search out this vivid film in a theater. Don't let the sacrifices he [Director Lou Ye] made be in vain.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Lou Ye's Summer Palace examines youthful idealism and its unhappy aftermath.

Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

Now I don't mind movies that have the pace of a snail, but nothing freakin' happens in this movie. Nothing!

Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

Like a Tolstoyan epic.

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John Anderson

In Yu Hong (Hao Lei), the film also has a vibrant heroine.

Shawn Levy

It can overwhelm you and puzzle and repel you, sometimes within moments.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Even thought I am rating this a 3 Star, its still a pretty good flix, more of a chick flix, about a young lady in china, and the movie is made from her diary.… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Summer Palace" starts in 1987 with Yu Hong(Lei Huo) who lives near the North Korean border being accepted[/font] [font=Century… More
Daisy Maduro
Summer Palace a Chinese movie that caught my attention from the moment it started on my screen.A young girl encountered her first experiences with love and sex.… More