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      Summer Palace

      2006 2h 20m Romance Drama List
      72% Tomatometer 32 Reviews 59% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Country girl Wei leaves her village to attend university in Beijing, where she soon discovers an intense world of sexual freedom. She falls madly in love with Zhou, another student and, driven by wild passion, they play dangerous games with each other. When he is sent to a military camp and then to Germany after a violent protest, she finds a job and a new lover but cannot forget him. Once unrest begins in Berlin, Zhou decides to return to China and to Wei. Read More Read Less
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      Though it suffers from excessive length and inconsistent pacing, Summer Palace is held aloft by Hao Lei's riveting performance.

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      Chris Chang Film Comment Magazine The supporting cast is uniformly fine and excels at creating an emotional spectrum appropriate to the wildly variegated tonalities of Summer Palace's very realistic milieu. Jun 17, 2013 Full Review Hank Sartin Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 18, 2011 Full Review Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review David Walsh World Socialist Web Site The repeated and explicit sex scenes may represent the breaking of some taboo in China, but they are pointless and dull. Feb 14, 2021 Full Review Austin Kennedy Sin Magazine Now I don't mind movies that have the pace of a snail, but nothing freakin' happens in this movie. Nothing! Rated: 1/4 Jul 22, 2008 Full Review Shawn Levy Oregonian It can overwhelm you and puzzle and repel you, sometimes within moments. Rated: B Mar 21, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      ge h Hao Lei's performance is the most beautiful thing in this film to me. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/14/23 Full Review crattag z Obviously,Summer Palace is an outstanding movie.But at the same time,The movie was overrated by the most audiences.(Just in my view)Firstly,This story is mainly about the love that between Yu Hong and Zhou Wei.And Li Ti play the role of wrecker,then it becomes a triangle affair.But Lou Ye didn't tell us a good story,because there are too many unnecessary plots,which makes the movie become broken.And the political metaphor is boring and meaningless,but this also made this movie a taboo.While there are too many beautiful and elegant scenes ,the story is still broken and boring...Overall,outstanding but broken.elegant but boring. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Mark一下国内平台找不到的电影 虽然内容早忘了 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member it's banned in china mainland. fxxk Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member I would ban this movie not because of its political view (because there was none), or because of the nudity content (there were lots of bad naked scenes). I would ban it because it's such a bad movie with lots of dialogue of the main character's inside voice. The movie might be better if it's on mute. They can also delete the epilogue on what happened to the main characters. Because frankly my dear, no one gives a d***. That's 2.5 hours I'm never going to get back. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Agonizingly slow, certainly weird, yet strangely artistic; great use of music and minimalist dialogue. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Country girl Wei leaves her village to attend university in Beijing, where she soon discovers an intense world of sexual freedom. She falls madly in love with Zhou, another student and, driven by wild passion, they play dangerous games with each other. When he is sent to a military camp and then to Germany after a violent protest, she finds a job and a new lover but cannot forget him. Once unrest begins in Berlin, Zhou decides to return to China and to Wei.
      Director
      Ye Lou
      Producer
      Sylvain Bursztejn, Li Fang, An Nai
      Screenwriter
      Ye Lou, Feng Mei, Ma Yingli, Yingli Ma
      Production Co
      Laurel Films Inc.
      Genre
      Romance, Drama
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (DVD)
      Mar 11, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $62.7K
      Runtime
      2h 20m