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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Details

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Dai Sijie directs Balzac et La Petite Tailleuse Chinoise (The Little Chinese Seamstress), a film adaptation of his own best-selling autobiographical novel. Set in China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, the story follows Luo (Chen Kun) and Ma (Liu Ye), two young men from the city who are sent to a mountain village for a re-education in Maoist principles. They work with the peasants under the supervision of the village head man (Wang Shuangbao), who considers their violin to be a symbol of the bourgeoisie. Luo and Ma both fall in love with the little Chinese seamstress (Ziiou Xun), the daughter of the tailor (Chung Zhijun), and they read her forbidden works of Western literature including French writers Balzac and Dumas. The conclusion finds the two men reminincing about their experiences 30 years later. Balzac et La Petite Tailleuse Chinoise premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:May 16, 2002

Cast

Zhou Xun
as Little Chinese Seamstress
Chen Kun
as Luo
Liu Ye
as Ma
Wang Shuangbao
as Village Head
Wang Hong Wei
as Four Eyes
Mei Ling
as villager
Peng Li
as villager
Guy-Pierre Bennet
as voice of journalist
Zhang Heng
as peasant

Crew

Dai Sijie
Director
Lise Fayolles
Producer
Nadine Perront
Screenwriter
Dai Sijie
Screenwriter
Dai Sijie
Book Author
Jean-Marie Dreujou
Cinematographer
Wang Pujian
Composer (Music Score)
Nicolas Duchemin
Editor
Zoé Forget
Editor
Fleur Augustin
Editor
Alice Godeau
Editor
Julia Gregory
Editor
Bérengère Saint-Bezar
Editor
Luc Barnier
Editor
Cao Jiuping
Production Designer
Cao Jiuping
Art Director
Bernard Lorain
Executive Producer
Wang Zhebin
Executive Producer
Wang Pujian
Executive Producer
Tong Huamiao
Costume Designer
Daniel Sobrino
Sound/Sound Designer
Wu Lala
Sound/Sound Designer
Nicolas Naegelen
Sound/Sound Designer
Zheng Quangang
Consultant/advisor
Zhao Junzhi
Production Manager
Chen Zhuxiang
Steadicam Operator
Wu Hong
Unit Production Manager
Pierre Blain
Digital Effects
Rodolphe Duhamel
Sound Recordist
Christophe Chanvin
Digital Effects
Roland Thénot
Unit Production Manager
Zhao Xiang
Script Supervisor
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