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Zhigen, an old Chinese farmer, has lived alone in Beijing for over 20 years after moving to the city to allow his son Chongyi to attend university. He decides to make the long journey from Beijing to Yangshuo to honour the promise he made to his wife to bring back the bird that has been his only companion in the city. His daughter-in-law Qianying, a beautiful rich career woman, asks him to take along his granddaughter Renxing, an only child brought up in the lap of luxury. While grandfather and granddaughter set out on their journey - one travelling back in time, the other discovering her roots - Chongyi and Qianying, ponder the meaning of the life they have led in the sole pursuit of success and money.

  1. Philippe Muyl

    Director, Writer

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  1. Li Bao-Tian

    Li Bao-Tian

    Zhu Zhi Gen (Grandfather)

  2. Li Xiaoran

    Li Xiaoran

    Ren Quan Ying (Mother)

  3. Qin Hao

    Qin Hao

    Zhu Chong Yi (Father)

  4. Xin Yi Yang

    Ren Xing

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Original Title 夜莺

Status Released

Release Information

  • February 26, 2014


    (Tous publics) valid for all audiences.

Original Language Mandarin

Runtime 1h 40m

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