Summer Palace

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Overview

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 was born and raised to attend college at Beijing University. Shortly before Yu Hong leaves for school, she gives her virginity to her longtime boyfriend, Xiao, and pledges to remain faithful to him. At Beijing University, Yu Hong makes friends with Li Ti Hu Ling, another girl ...
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Overview

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 was born and raised to attend college at Beijing University. Shortly before Yu Hong leaves for school, she gives her virginity to her longtime boyfriend, Xiao, and pledges to remain faithful to him. At Beijing University, Yu Hong makes friends with Li Ti Hu Ling, another girl dealing with a long-distance relationship, and meets Zhou Wei Guo Xiaodong, a handsome student who soon steals her heart. Yu Hong leaves her relationship with Xiao behind to commit herself to Zhou Wei, and she's swept up by her feelings for him as they embrace the new social and economic freedoms which are being felt on campus. The empowerment felt by the students in Beijing comes to a head during a series of demonstrations in Tiananmen Square; the protests have tragic consequences, and the excitement of new possibilities gives way to a feeling of defeat. Yu Hong and Zhou Wei are separated and the heavy hand of the state is brought to bear on the rebellious students. The first Chinese film to feature full-frontal male and female nudity, Yiheyuan aka Summer Palace received its world premiere as an official selection at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
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Special Features

Making of featurette; Summer Palace & Chinese censorship; Trailer; Previews
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • UPC: 660200316228
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,322

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hao Lei Yu Hong
Guo Xiaodong Zhou Wei
Hu Ling Li Ti
Zhang Xianmin
Bai Xueyun Wang Bo
Cui Lin Xiao Jun
Duan Long Tang Caoshi
Technical Credits
Lou Ye Director, Co-producer, Editor, Screenwriter
Helge Albers Co-producer
Nai An Executive Producer, Producer
Sylvain Bursztejn Producer
Lin Fan Co-producer
Mei Feng Screenwriter
Zeng Jian Editor
Fu Kang Sound/Sound Designer
Fang Li Executive Producer, Producer
Yingli Ma Screenwriter
Hua Qing Cinematographer
Liu Weixin Art Director
Zhang Yanjia Asst. Director
Peyman Yazdanian Score Composer
Ma Yingli Screenwriter
Lu Yue Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Summer Palace
1. Accepted [7:42]
2. First Love [7:55]
3. Li Ti [6:24]
4. To Live Intensely [6:01]
5. Zhou Wei [6:48]
6. Infidelity [3:49]
7. I'm Sleeping Here Tonight [6:23]
8. The Relationship Ends [7:42]
9. Tiananmen Square [6:01]
10. Xiao [8:17]
11. It's Over [8:08]
12. An Unbearable Situation [8:00]
13. What Is He Thinking About? [8:35]
14. Yu Hong's Past [10:23]
15. What Happened to Us? [13:47]
16. Return to China [5:00]
17. Reunited [10:04]
18. Credits [3:28]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Summer Palace
   Play
   Set-Up
      Audio Options
         2.0 Stereo
         5.1 Dolby Surround
      Subtitle Options
         English Subtitles On
         English Subtitles Off
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Making of Summer Palace
      Chinese Censorship
      Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
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