Life on a String

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Life on a String (1991)

110 min - Drama - 8 September 1991
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Two blind men pursue ephemeral and unlikely hopes. One is an aged master, a wandering troubador venerated as a saint, in physical decline, waiting to break his 1,000th banjo string, an event his own master promised years before would bring him sight. The other is his apprentice, Shidou, who longs for a woman's love and is enchanted with the radiant and spirited Lanxiu. The two men are encamped outside Lanxiu's village, the saint using his energy and voice to bring peace between warring factions. Does sight await the saint when the 1000th string breaks? Can Shidou's strength of character overcome provincial prejudice to win the hand of Lanxiu and a place in the village?

Director:  Chen Kaige

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Two blind men pursue ephemeral and unlikely hopes. One is an aged master, a wandering troubador venerated as a saint, in physical decline, waiting to break his 1,000th banjo string, an event his own master promised years before would bring him sight. The other is his apprentice, Shidou, who longs for a woman's love and is enchanted with the radiant and spirited Lanxiu. The two men are encamped outside Lanxiu's village, the saint using his energy and voice to bring peace between warring factions. Does sight await the saint when the 1000th string breaks? Can Shidou's strength of character overcome provincial prejudice to win the hand of Lanxiu and a place in the village?


Collections: Chen Kaige

Genres: Drama

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Country:   China Germany United Kingdom
Language:  普通话, Mandarin
Release Date:  8 September 1991

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Runtime:  1 h 50 min

Two blind men pursue ephemeral and unlikely hopes. One is an aged master, a wandering troubador venerated as a saint, in physical decline, waiting to break his 1,000th banjo string, an event his own master promised years before would bring him sight.

Life on a String (simplified Chinese: 边走边唱; traditional Chinese: 邊走邊唱; pinyin: Biān zǒu biān chàng; literally: “Walking and singing at the same time”) is a 1991 Chinese film by acclaimed film director Chen Kaige. Made before his international breakthrough Farewell, My Concubine, Life on a String is a more intimate and philosophical affair,[citation needed] telling the story of a blind sanxian player and his young disciple. The film was based on the novel by Shi Tiesheng. The film was entered into the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. [Wikipedia]