山河故人 = Mountains may depart - Shan he gu ren
Mountains may departBlu-ray Disc | Chinese
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This song sung in Cantonese by 葉蒨文 Sally Yeh was played in the film several times for good reasons:
珍重 （ 贾樟柯電影「山河故人」插曲）
Look, there's the Twelve Apostles. When I first came, there were eight. Now... there's only three.
(From wiki: The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction. Currently there are eight apostles left, the ninth stack having collapsed dramatically in July 2005."
Time doesn't changed every thing. That's what it has taught me.
Our hometown is Fenyang, by Dragon's Gate.
Famed for our mountains and rivers.
A purple haze rises from Wenfeng pagoda
We step proudly into the new century!
I don't believe in reincarnation. Live's just repeat itself. That's why you find it familiar.
You know the hardest thing, about love is caring. I guess we have to feel the pain to know that we're in love.
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With Mountains May Depart, Jia Zhang-ke turns his powers of social observation inward, shifting subjects from the physical migrations in contemporary China to the inner emotional complexities arising from the decades following the nation’s great Cultural Reform. With rare intimacy, the filmmaker’s first foray into melodrama reveals the yearnings, melancholy, and indignations of China’s new secret heart.
Comprised of three vignettes set in 1999, 2015, and 2025, Mountains May Depart tracks the lives of childhood friends from Jia’s native Shaanxi—singer-dancer Shen Tao (in one of Zhao Tao’s most tremendous performances), brash young capitalist Zhang (Zhang Yi), and poor mineworker Liangzi (Liang Jin Dong). Each grapples with unfamiliar feelings of loneliness and isolation brought on by the pressure to survive in the nation’s ever forward-thrusting milieu of industrial, technological, and economic progress. In her pursuit of a better life, Tao has to choose between her two loves. But her decision to marry Zhang ruptures the trio’s friendship, and eventually leads to a divorce that forces her to part with her only son Dollar (Dong Zijian) when he moves, first to Shanghai and then to Melbourne with his father.
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