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Overall Rating
3.73

Awesome: 11.54%
Worth A Look57.69%
Average: 23.08%
Pretty Bad: 7.69%
Total Crap: 0%

3 reviews, 8 user ratings


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Together (2003)
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Pulling the strings."
3 stars

A young violin prodigy and his bumpkin father move to the big city (Beijing) for a competition, and are hopeful that the boy will receive instruction from one of the esteemed teachers at the music school.

The movie raises quaint issues of talent and performance versus fame and reception, but the majority of the movie is spent tagging along with the coy boy, a quasi-mother figure he meets, the curmudgeon father, the ailurophile instructor, and the fame-chasing impresario. Kaige, being a sensitive director, also is one to pay close attention to detail in distinct environments and periods (as displayed hitherto from The Emperor and the Assassin to Killing Me Softly). His motivation here is far less inspired by film than it is by the music, and aside from the pleasant performances, it is that passion that makes up for the imbalance. Still well-shot, assembled through a number of selective compositions (which could be said for the music as well), the overall schmaltz prevents it from amounting to anything more. With Tang Yun, Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong, Wang Zhiwen, and Kaige.

[Worth-seeing.]

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User Comments

4/19/08 ken aurelius Togetherness is a life experience. 5 stars
11/28/03 Kwang Kwon Kaige finally moved to a new subject. A great film with contemporary Chinese life 4 stars
9/23/03 Lumkeman Very nice, worth watching. Superb music!!! 4 stars
9/15/03 Yumcha eater The male protagonist's face is so wooden Pinoccio would be jealous 2 stars
8/17/03 Karal Javier a heart-whelming film that will catch attention. a must-see if you're a music lover 5 stars
8/08/03 Norman Bodarky A delightful film that is not ashamed to show a little sentiment 4 stars
8/02/03 Wombat Delightful and moving 5 stars
6/06/03 dev sexy nude girls 2 stars
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USA
  30-May-2003
  DVD: 18-Nov-2003

UK
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Australia
  11-Sep-2003


Directed by
  Chen Kaige

Written by
  Chen Kaige

Cast
  Tang Yun
  Liu Peigi
  Chen Hong
  Wang Zhiwen
  Cheng Qian
  Zhang Qing



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