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 30, 2000
DVD 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.

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.

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: 79% 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