- 2 DVD (245 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
- Additional Authors
- Feng, Cong.
- Contents: part 1. (119 min.) -- part 2 (126 min.)Credits: director, Cong Feng.In Mandarin with English subtitles.Summary: "The filmmaker spent years in a Chinese village to record daily life’s every detail. He drank many a glass with the villagers and observed them for so long that he started to recognise their repeating patterns of behaviour. That is why there is no end to this tale. For this film, Cong Feng returned to the village of Huangyangchuan in Gansu province in the north-west of China, where he had previously made Doctor Ma's Country Clinic. A very ordinary place and far from flourishing, where very ordinary people live who have very little. That’s precisely why Cong went there: he wanted to paint a picture of typical Chinese life in the rural areas. In making this very extensive portrait, he maintained the approach of an anthropologist. Above all, he lived, ate and drank with the people he was filming - and not just briefly. All together, he lived in this place for four years. Many of his friends are teachers or former teachers, but they live in poverty as peasants. The filmmaker sees their lives as a repetition of cycles and also tries to depict them as such. This may help explain the considerable length of the film."--Film festival Rotterdam website, viewed 18th Dec., 2012.