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Seventeen Years
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Yuan Zhang


Living together in a claustrophobic home in a rundown part of Tianjin, China, stepsisters Tao Lan (Lin Liu) and Yu Xiaoquin (Yun Li) are forced to share everything, yet they couldn't have less in common. Tao Lan is a free spirit who is proud of her working-class roots, while studious Yu Xiaoquin is attractive and sophisticated; their antagonism is heightened by favoritism from their parents. When Yu Xiaoquin frames Tao Lan for something she didn't do, a fight between the girls has tragic results, and Tao Lan is forced to pay the price. Released from prison 17 years later to spend the New Year with her family, the now-grown Tao Lan finds herself unable to cope with a much-changed outside world. She befriends a female prison guard when her family fails to pick her up, and the two embark upon a journey to reunite the prisoner with her estranged parents. Directed by the acclaimed sixth-generation Chinese auteur Zhang Yuan (EAST PALACE, WEST PALACE), SEVENTEEN YEARS is both a scathing indictment of the political and penal system in China, and a moving depiction of a poor family fraught by tragedy, circumstance, and violence.

GENRES - drama

Film Info

RUNTIME - 85 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1999

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - Italy, China

LANGUAGE - Mandarin

SUBTITLES - English

ATTRIBUTES - Full-Frame

Director

Yuan Zhang

Producer

Zhang Yuan

Actor

Li Yeding

Actor

Li Bingbing

Actor

Yun Ling

Actor

Liu Hoy Ling

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