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Director  Ma Liwen
Music director  Dou Wei
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Language  Mandarin
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Writer  Liwen Ma
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Cast  Zhe Gong (Xiao Ma), Shufang Zhang (Yin Tai Tai), Jie Sun (Xiao Ma's boyfriend), Zhongxue Luo (Grandson), Yaqin Jin (Lao Tai Tai)
Release date  October 26, 2005 (2005-10-26) (Tokyo)
Awards  Golden Rooster Award for Best Actress, Golden Rooster Award for Best Director
Similar movies  Shower (1999)

Just before classes begin, new undergraduate Xiao Ma (Gong Zhe) finds a shabby apartment owned by a miserly landlady known as "Grandma" (Jin Yaqin). Grandma insists the unit should command an obscenely high rent, in spite of its many obvious defects. Alone in Beijing for the first time and miles away from her rural family Xiao Ma begrudgingly agrees. Over the course of the year, the two women finds themselves in continual conflict, until a moment of compassion changes everything.

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You and Me (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally: "The Two of Us") is a 2005 Chinese film by writer-director Ma Liwen. The film, shot on a shoe-string budget, tells the story of a young woman who moves into an apartment run by a tough elderly woman. Their relationship, initially cold and hostile, soon develops into friendship over the course of four seasons. The film premiered at numerous international festivals, notably the 2005 Tokyo International Film Festival (where it picked up an award for actress Jin Yaqin) and the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. The film was produced through the China Film Group and the Beijing Film Studio.

Xiaoma, a young woman who has recently moved to Beijing, finds an apartment in an old courtyard apartment complex owned by Grandma, an elderly woman. Xiaoma and Grandma’s relationship almost immediately becomes strained. After trying to tidy up the courtyard, Grandma insists that Xiaoma turn over her share of the profits. Tightfisted, the elderly landlady resists even allowing Xiaoma to install a telephone. At the same time the older woman becomes increasingly interested in Xiaoma’s personal (and romantic) life. Grandma, for example, tries to pass off her grandson to the younger woman. Annoyed, Xiaoma nevertheless is flattered at the older woman’s concern. Over the course of four seasons, Xiaoma begins to learn from her landlady of the old world that the modern city of Beijing has left behind, while Grandma begins to enjoy the youth and vitality of her tenant. The two women become closer and eventually develop a deep friendship.

Plot

Xiaoma is a young woman who has recently moved to Beijing where she finds an apartment in an old courtyard apartment complex owned by Grandma, an elderly woman. Xiaoma and Grandmas relationship almost immediately becomes strained. After trying to tidy up the courtyard, Grandma insists that Xiaoma turn over her share of the profits. Tightfisted, the elderly landlady resists even allowing Xiaoma to install a telephone. At the same time the older woman becomes increasingly interested in Xiaomas personal (and romantic) life. Grandma, for example, tries to pass off her grandson to the younger woman. Annoyed, Xiaoma nevertheless is flattered at the older womans concern. Over the course of four seasons, Xiaoma begins to learn from her landlady of the old world that the modern city of Beijing has left behind, while Grandma begins to enjoy the youth and vitality of her tenant. The two women become closer and eventually develop a deep friendship...

Story

The films story is based in part on director Ma Liwens own experiences upon moving from Jiangxi to Beijing in the 1990s. Like the protagonist, Ma also moved into an old siheyuan style apartment owned by an elderly woman. Also like the film, Ma and her landlady initially clashed, though they eventually became friends. When her landlady died, Ma was filled with remorse leading eventually to her making You and Me.

Ma Liwen said this of her film:

Casting

The two main leads, Gong Zhe as the young woman and Jin Yaqin as Grandma, were both first-time film actresses. Gong, a photography student, was cast in the lead role after literally being "discovered" by the director outside the cafeteria at the China Central University of Fine Arts. Gong, however, has stated that the film production was strictly a one-time diversion from her stated career goals of photography.

Jin Yaqin, meanwhile, was already 81 when the shoot first began. While You and Me was her first feature film, she had a nearly sixty-year career in theater and Chinese opera behind her.

Cast

  • Jin Yaqin as Grandma, the landlady of a decaying Beijing courtyard building.
  • Gong Zhe as Xiaoma, the young college student who moves into Grandmas building as a tenant.
  • Zhang Shufang as Grandma Yin
  • Luo Zhongxue as Grandson
  • Qiang Shuang as Daughter
  • Liu Zhengliang as Son-in-law
  • Sun Jie as the Boyfriend
  • Similar Movies

    Shower (1999). The World (2004). Dou Wei composed the music for You and Me and In Love We Trust. Lost in Beijing (2007). I Love Beijing (2001).

    Awards and nominations

  • 25th Golden Rooster Awards
  • Best Director, Ma Liwen
  • Best Actress, Jin Yaqin
  • 18th Tokyo International Film Festival
  • Best Actress, Jin Yaqin
  • References

    You and Me (2005 film) Wikipedia
    You and Me (2005 film) IMDb You and Me (2005 film) themoviedb.org


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