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Kaili Blues (2015)

Lu bian ye can (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 15 July 2016 (China)
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While travelling the countryside to locate his nephew, a small town doctor finds himself interacting with people from his past and future.

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Gan Bi

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Gan Bi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yongzhong Chen Yongzhong Chen ... Chen Shen
Yue Guo ... Yang Yang
Linyan Liu Linyan Liu ... Zhang Xi
Feiyang Luo Feiyang Luo ... Wei Wei (Little )
Lixun Xie Lixun Xie ... Crazy Face
Zhuohua Yang Zhuohua Yang ... Monk
Shixue Yu Shixue Yu ... Wei Wei (Older )
Daqing Zhao Daqing Zhao ... Elderly Doctor
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Storyline

In the mystical,subtropical province of Guizhou,there is a small county clinic surrounded by fog.At the Kaili clinic,there are two doctors who live quiet,lonely lives.One of the doctors,Chen Sheng,embarks on a journey by train to find his nephew, who had been abandoned by his brother. On the way to Zhenyuan ,Chen Sheng came across a place called Dang Mai, where time seemed to flow both forwards and backwards, the lives of the local people a complete mystery. He experiences his own past and future,lending him insight into his own life. Once Chen arrives at Zhen Yuan, rather than approaching his nephew, he watches secretly from a distance, he is surprised to find that his nephew flourished in the absence of his father, and decides not to interfere in his life. Before he had left Kaili, he had promised his colleague that he w ould stop by the home of her former lover to deliver some items, but upon his arrival, he is told that the man had passed away, and he leaves the box of mementos ...

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Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | Hmong

Release Date:

15 July 2016 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Kaili Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Guizhou Province, China

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Budget:

CNY200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,164, 22 May 2016

Gross USA:

$32,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$935,236
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1.78 : 1
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Farewell
Composed by Li Taixiang
Lyrics by Li Gedi
Performed by Li Taixiang & Tang Xiaoshi
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Not sure why this film is tagged as a mystery or fantasy
13 January 2017 | by improbabilitiesSee all my reviews

Kaili Blues is essentially a slow-paced, contemplative, slice-of-life film. The gorgeous mountainous background of China's Guizhou Province, and the excerpts of poetry written by the main character, add an enchantingly artistic quality.

There are not many moments of important dialogue shared between the characters, so this is best to be viewed when one is in a quiet, meditative mood, as it will leave you plenty of time to think and reflect.

However, despite the fact that I have enjoyed a variety of other art-house films that consisted of similar qualities (South Korea's "Poetry," from 2010, directed by Lee Chang-dong, comes to mind), this motion picture failed to enrapture me. Maybe it was the fact that I didn't feel I connected very much with the main character. To be fair, there isn't a lot of backstory provided for him.

If you want to feel that you have gone on a cinematic roadtrip through a subtropical region of China's countryside (as if you were driving along with photographers as they capture scenes of roads and towns for Google Earth), then watch this movie. If you want something fast-paced, humorous, thrilling, et cetera, then seek another option.


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