Young violinist Xiaochun and his father move from their small, provincial town to Beijing so Xiaochun can audition for a prestiguous music academy. Their new life is unfamiliar but full of promise, allowing the young man to truly figure out which direction he wants to take in life.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements
Here is fairly pleasant story of a 13-year-old violin prodigy and his financially-strapped father try to get the boy professional help to aid in the kid’s musical career. The father is a bit on the pushy side but he has a good heart and he’s pretty comical, too. The young teen is a likable kid and the other main characters – two of his teachers and the “big sister” – are all interesting people.
The dialog, as with many “foreign” films, is different from what we are used to hearing in North America and I, for one, find it appealing.
At almost two hours, this might be a bit long for most people to put up with subtitles, but I didn’t find that a hindrance in keeping focused on this story. Along the way, you get to enjoy some excellent violin playing, too. People who like amiable-character stories and good music should enjoy this very much.
Director: Kaige Chen
Writers: Kaige Chen, Xiaolu Xue (as Xiao Lu Xue)
Stars: Yun Tang, Peiqi Liu, Hong Chen
Country: China | South Korea
Release Date: 13 June 2003 (USA)
Filming Locations: Beijing, China
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 2.33 GiB
Duration : 1 h 59 min
Overall bit rate : 2 802 kb/s