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Movie Review: Zhou Yu's Train

Published October 15, 2004 10:27 am

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Rated PG-13 for sensuality; in Mandarin with subtitles; 93 minutes; opening today at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

The beauty of Gong Li, one of China's national treasures, is on full view in this frustrating romantic drama. Gong plays Zhou Yu, an artisan who regularly takes the train to see her poet lover (Tony Leung Ka Fai), but is soon intrigued by a handsome veterinarian (Sun Honglei). Director Sun Zhou gives Gong a chance to display her emotional range, which she does admirably. But her character's contradictory impulses, as well as a convoluted narrative structure, make "Zhou Yu's Train" a rough ride.