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Author: Yang ZhangXin HuoPeter LoehrHongsheng JiaFengsen JiaAll authors
Publisher: [Beijing] : Imar Film Co. ; Culver City, CA : Distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Video, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : ChineseView all editions and formats
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This is the story of Jia Hongsheng, (playing himself) a star of Chinese movies and television circa 1990, who, while appearing onstage in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" in 1992 began smoking pot, quickly progressing to heroin, with a resultant spiral down into professional and personal dysfunction. Nearly all of the other characters in the film, his parents (also professional actors), fellow inmates at a psychiatric  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Foreign films, Chinese
Motion pictures
Biographical films
Feature films
Fiction films
Foreign language films
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Yang Zhang; Xin Huo; Peter Loehr; Hongsheng Jia; Fengsen Jia; Xiurong Chai; Sony Pictures Classics (Firm); Imar Film.; Xi'an dian ying zhi pian chang.; Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN: 0767883012 9780767883016
OCLC Number: 51926669
Language Note: In Mandarin with optional English or Spanish subtitles.
Notes: Originally produced as a Chinese motion picture in 2001.
Credits: Cinematography, Wang Yu, Cheng Shouqi ; editor, Yang Hongyu ; music, Zhang Yadong ; English subtitles, Zhu Rui.
Cast: Jia Hongsheng (Hongshen), Jia Fengsen (Hongshen's father), Chai Xiurong (Hongshen's mother).
Awards: Winner, Zhang Yang, FIPRESCI Prize at the Stockholm Film Festival, 2001; Hongshen Jia, Silver Screen Award for Best Actor at the Singapore International Film Festival, 2002.
Target Audience: MPAA Rating: Rated R.
Description: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, Region 1, Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo, widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1.
Contents: Start --
Jia's parents --
Dinner time --
"Are you still on drugs?" --
Second-hand bike --
1992: the first time --
1995: tight jeans and beer --
"Give me 10 RMG." --
1993: shaking all over --
Shun Xing --
Friendship's end --
Smoking a lot of heroin --
Band practice with Lijie --
Loving sister --
1996: "I quit acting." --
"Do I look like Lennon?" --
Dragon calls --
"We can't help him." --
Life is but a dream --
Change in environment --
"Adapt to your surroundings." --
"I dreamed of the dragon again." --
Evaluation --
Catching up with an old friend --
1997: homecoming --
"I'm thirty today."
Other Titles: Zuo tian
Responsibility: Sony Pictures Classics ; Imar Film Co., Ltd. presents ; a Zhang Yang film ; screenplay by Zhang Yang, Huo Xin ; produced by Peter Loehr ; directed by Zhang Yang ; produced by Imar Film Co., Ltd. in association with Xian Film Studio.

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This is the story of Jia Hongsheng, (playing himself) a star of Chinese movies and television circa 1990, who, while appearing onstage in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" in 1992 began smoking pot, quickly progressing to heroin, with a resultant spiral down into professional and personal dysfunction. Nearly all of the other characters in the film, his parents (also professional actors), fellow inmates at a psychiatric hospital, and professional colleagues, play themselves. The film is a fragmented re-enactment of Jia's life from roughly 1992-95; what emerges is a portrait of individual depression and a study in generational division and social malaise. It suggests that Beijing is not so different from New York or Los Angeles-a big, impersonal city that draws ambitious young people from the provinces and subjects them to temptation, loneliness, and danger.

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