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21 Ratings

Old Well

老井 | Lao jing

Directed by Wu Tianming
China, 1986
Drama, Romance


Old Well is a 1986 Chinese film about a village worker’s effort of digging a well in his water-starved hometown located in northwest China and his affairs with his old girlfriend.

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Old Well Directed by Wu Tianming

Critics reviews

The Old Well has masterfully resisted the passing of time and its influence keeps growing. Its minutely observed, yet humorous and non-ideological depiction of the lives of ordinary people, and its generous rendering of the bawdy folk culture existing in rural areas, have been a source of inspiration for cutting-edge filmmakers such as Jia Zhangke or the younger Hao Jie, who so lovingly described the sexual obsessions of peasants in Single Man (2010) and The Love Songs of Tiedan (2012).
May 01, 2015
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