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Old Well (1986)

130 min - - 1 January 1986
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A married village worker teams up with an old girlfriend to try to dig a well for his water-starved village. The well collapses and they are trapped. Their enforced confinement leads to them exploring their feelings for each other and those around them.

Director:  Wu Tian-Ming

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A married village worker teams up with an old girlfriend to try to dig a well for his water-starved village. The well collapses and they are trapped. Their enforced confinement leads to them exploring their feelings for each other and those around them.


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Country:   China
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  1 January 1986

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Runtime:  2 h 10 min

A married village worker teams up with an old girlfriend to try to dig a well for his water-starved village. The well collapses and they are trapped.

Old Well (老井; lǎo jǐng) is a 1987 Chinese film written by Zheng Yi 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. It is produced by Xi’an Film Studio and directed by Wu Tianming, starring Zhang Yimou and Liang Yujin.

The film won the 8th Golden Rooster awards for Best Picture, Director, Leading Male Actor, and Supporting Female Actor in 1988. The film also won the Best Feature Film and Leading Male Actor awards at the 1987 Tokyo International Film Festival.

The film is based on the novel of the same name, also written by Zheng Yi, first published in China. It was translated by David Kwan to English and published in 1990 by China Books & Periodicals in the United States.