Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date: May 30, 2003
DVD: November 18, 2003

Current rating: Rating: 4.70
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Cast: Tang Yun, Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong, Wang Zhiwen, Chen Kaige


Xiaochun is a 13-year-old boy, a talented violinist who lives with his father in a small, provincial Chinese city. Shy and sensitive, music is his way of expressing his feelings. Xiaochun’s sweet-natured father wants the best for him, so they move to immense, metropolitan Beijing so that Xiaochun can audition for a prestigious music school and take lessons that befit his talent. But Xiaochun’s new world is unlike any he’s known. He meets new and demanding teachers, discovers true friendship, falls in love for the first time, learns how painful love can be, and comes to understand the true meaning of music. With his world splitting in two and everyone telling him what they want for him, Xiaochun has to figure out what he wants for himself.

Director: Chen Kaige
Studio: TVA Films
Producer(s): Chen Kaige, Yang Buting, Yan Xiaoming, Li Bolun
Screenplay: Chen Kaige, Xue Xiao Lu
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