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For the Children
For the Children
Actors: Ping Ni, Quan Yuan, Haiying Sun, Yajun Xu, Zhijun Ge
Director: Yazhou Yang
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family
NR     2006     1hr 43min

In response to the death of her husband and young son peasant Zhang Meili founds a school in the dry desert landscape of northwest China. When cultured and chipper Xia Yu arrives from Beijing to help her out the two women ...  more »


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Actors: Ping Ni, Quan Yuan, Haiying Sun, Yajun Xu, Zhijun Ge
Director: Yazhou Yang
Creators: Xiaoming Wang, Dong Wei, Ruan Ding, Dashen Wu, Yan Yiyun, Wei Li
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Family Films
Studio: Allumination
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/06/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Chinese cinema comes of age
Daniel B. Clendenin | | 01/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After her husband and child died, the peasant Meili Zhang founded a school for the children in her isolated, parched village in northwest China. She was not a teacher, but she did her best and she loved her kids. She founded the school, she says, "so that the kids may have hope." Xia Yu, a gorgeous young woman from Beijing a thousand miles away, and a "real" teacher, comes to help at the school. She corrects their pronunciation, teaches them some English, and encourages Meili to obtain a computer. Of course, mutual culture shock sets in. Xia stares in disbelief as the same pail of water is used to wash clothes, rinse your face, make tea with orange rinds, and water the donkey. Meili can only respond to her guest's strange ways with "Teacher Xia, you city people are strange." What transpires is an unfolding friendship of two women from radically different socio-economic and cultural contexts. Two sub-plots revolve around the men in their lives--Meili's love for the local "film projectionist" Wang Shu, and Xia's estrangement from her husband because of her growing affection for Meili and her school. Late in the film turn about is fair play when Xia takes the entire class of peasant kids to Beijing. In Mandarin with English subtitles."
Poinant, beautiful film | Athens, GA | 02/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was crying throughout the whole film. It is very powerful, and touching. It is very well done with superb acting. Be prepared for a moving and beautiful experience."
For the Children Chinese Movie
Jie Gao | Boston | 03/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My middle school students liked it. There is a lot of cultural information. Teachers should watch the movie with the students and pause it to give some explanations."