Balzac & The Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac & The Little Chinese Seamstress

Director: Dai Sijie Cast: Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Liu Ye



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/2005
UPC: 0843171005784
Original Release: 2002
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Time: 1:51:00

Special Features

Director Bio; Photo Gallery; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zhou Xun Little Chinese Seamstress
Chen Kun Luo
Liu Ye Ma
Wang Shuangbao Village Head
Chung Zhijun Old Tailor
Wang Hong Wei Four Eyes
Xiao Xiung Four Eyes' mother
Tang Zuohul miller
Chen Wei village chief's wife
Chen Tianlu commune head
Fan Qing-Yun doctor
Min Jie peasant
Zhang Heng peasant
Xu Yukum peasant
Mei Ling villager
Fang Jing villager
Peng Li villager
Zhao Hengfei villager
Liu Yao villager
Chen Yulin villager
Xu Chunhua villager
Zhao Fang Zong villager
Su Wa village chief's pretty daughter
Quiléne Boileux airport saleswoman
Yang Dandan Madame Luo
Guy-Pierre Bennet voice of journalist
Xiao Ziong Four Eyes' Mother
Mi Jie Peasant
Mei Lina Villager

Technical Credits
Dai Sijie Director,Screenwriter
Fleur Augustin Editor
Hui Baihan Set Decoration/Design
Luc Barnier Editor
Zhao Chunlin Asst. Director
Yang Dandan Makeup
Jean Teste de Sagey Special Effects
Jean-Marie Dreujou Cinematographer
Nicolas Duchemin Editor
Lise Fayolles Producer
Zoé Forget Editor
Alice Godeau Editor
Julia Gregory Editor
Li Guangyu Asst. Director
Luo Hailiang Set Decoration/Design
Chang Hsien-Jen Asst. Director
Tong Huamiao Costumes/Costume Designer
Lu Jianan Set Decoration/Design
Cao Jiuping Art Director,Production Designer
Zhao Junzhi Production Manager
Wu Lala Sound/Sound Designer
François LePeuple Special Effects
Bernard Lorain Executive Producer
Olivier Mariangeon Special Effects
Charles Liu Morel Asst. Director
Nicolas Naegelen Sound/Sound Designer
Nadine Perront Screenwriter
Wang Pujian Score Composer,Executive Producer
Zheng Quangang Consultant/advisor
Bérengère Saint-Bezar Editor
Daniel Sobrino Sound/Sound Designer
Yan Yujing Consultant/advisor
Wang Zhebin Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Balzac and the Little Chinese Princess
1. You'll Eat Cabbage And Corn [10:25]
2. A Real Little Paradise [8:57]
3. Four Eyes [10:52]
4. Let's Steal It [10:07]
5. Let Her Do It [9:50]
6. Balzac Is Right [6:47]
7. Don't Panic [2:27]
8. He's Got A Book [11:08]
9. Be Brave [9:23]
10. Which Bird Rises Up? [7:20]
11. Who Changed You? [9:46]
12. Credits [6:01]

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