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Together
     

Together

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Director: Chen Kaige, Tang Yun, Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong

Cast: Chen Kaige, Tang Yun, Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong

 
A gifted young musician discovers the challenges of balancing his creative calling with the realities of a career in this acclaimed drama, which has been given a simple presentation for its DVD release. Together has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9

Overview

A gifted young musician discovers the challenges of balancing his creative calling with the realities of a career in this acclaimed drama, which has been given a simple presentation for its DVD release. Together has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio, in Mandarin, has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and optional English subtitles have been included. The disc's only bonus is the film's original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Together is a sweet and sentimental movie that's appealing as long as you don't expect too much from it. It's beautifully shot by cinematographer Kim Hyung-koo and has its share of heartwarming scenes, but the film is rife with clichéd characters and situations (e.g., the country bumpkin who's a fish out of water in the big city). The film's star, Tang Yun, is reportedly a real-life violin prodigy, which probably helps him seem more credible when his character, Liu Xiachun, plays the violin (although his performances are overdubbed by another violinist). However, the movie doesn't really concern itself with the process of mastering one's craft; indeed, it's unclear what Liu Xiachun learns about music from his teachers. Furthermore, Tang Yun is not the most expressive child actor to ever appear on the screen; his perpetually glazed expression does not make him seem particularly engaging, particularly since his character's behavior becomes increasingly willful as the film progresses. Nonetheless, this is a generally charming movie despite its lack of originality.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0027616898982
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:59:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; Mandarin: 5.1 surround; English language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tang Yun Liu Xiaochun
Liu Peiqi Liu Cheng
Chen Hong Lili
Wang Zhiwen Prof. Jiang
Chen Kaige Prof. Yu Shifeng
Cheng Qian Hui
Zhang Qing Lin Yu
Kim Hye-rin Prof. Yu's Wife
Liu Bing Debao

Technical Credits
Chen Kaige Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Li Bolun Executive Producer
Yang Buting Executive Producer
Wang Danrong Sound/Sound Designer
Feng Feng Asst. Director
Chen Hong Producer
Kim Hyung-koo Cinematographer
Cao Jiuping Production Designer
Lee Joo-ik Producer
Shui Lei Asst. Director
Zhao Lin Score Composer
Liu Luyi Art Director
Dong Wei Musical Direction/Supervision
Xue Xiaolu Screenwriter
Yan Xiaoming Executive Producer
Ha Yeong-su Costumes/Costume Designer
Zhou Ying Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/ Lively [4:18]
2. Strange New World [5:07]
3. Competing & Contributing [7:36]
4. Culture! [4:13]
5. Violin-Boy and Shoe-Girl [4:39]
6. Coal, Cat, Hat [6:49]
7. Long-Lost Love [6:19]
8. Birthday Past 8:05 [:06]
9. All Men Are Bastards [8:46]
10. Just Fame and Fortune [4:35]
11. A New Teacher [6:39]
12. Two Men and a Present [6:43]
13. The Sold Violin [3:30]
14. Absolving Lili [8:19]
15. Mr. Yu's Dark Heaven [2:31]
16. A Pack of Lies [2:12]
17. A Great Leap Apart [8:06]
18. Choosing Without Feeling [9:34]
19. The Found Son [6:06]
20. End Credits [3:53]

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I haven't seen it yet, but i'm getting it today and from watchin little snipets from youtube i can tell its going to be great and this time the person is actually playing the violin!! I was really suprised that someone my age could play the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. I play violin as well :].
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old son who happen to also practice violin, and not understanding a word in mandarin, managed to watch this movie thruout via subtitle, the story is captivating, motivating and very moving, my boy was so moved by this movie that he cried for half a night after watching it. American director has a lot to learn from this type of movie making.