Zhou Yu's Train (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Zhou Yu's Train (2004)



Critic Consensus: Despite some beautifully framed images, this mood piece, told in a fractured fashion, is confounding and, ultimately, unsatisfying.

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Sun Zhou's stylized Zhou Yu de Huoche (Zhou Yu's Train) is the story of a woman in love. Zhou Yu (Gong Li) and teacher Chen Ching (Tony Leung Kar-Fai) fall in love. After Ching gives Zhou a poem he wrote for her, she begins taking a train ride twice a week to his home in order to have sex with him. During her time on the train, she strikes up a relationship with a veterinarian (Sun Honglei), but she ends their time together when she learns that he spied on her during one of her visits with Ching. Gong Li has a second role as a another woman obsessed with Chen who is trying to ascertain the nature of his relationship with Zhou. This film was shown out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival.


Li Gong
as Zhou Yu/Xiu
Zhixiong Li
as Train conductor
Dai Ke
as Librarian
Pan Weiyan
as Uncle Guai
Huang Mo
as Zhou Yu, as a young girl
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Critic Reviews for Zhou Yu's Train

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (23)

Li fails to stoke much heat in Sun Zhou's pretentious and symbolic love triangle.

October 19, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Beautiful to look at but aimless as a broken compass.

September 24, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Zhou Yu's Train has its strengths, but it's clearly no bullet train.

September 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

This is one of those languid numbers where slow motion -- and there's lots of it -- is meant to signify poetry, and a line like 'I know my lake is artificial, but it's full of water' is supposed to seem lyrical.

August 27, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The effort required at the end of Zhou Yu's Train to sort out exactly what just went down isn't worth the payoff.

August 27, 2004 | Full Review…

A terrific film.

August 27, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zhou Yu's Train

Some nice twists and excellent performances from Gong Li and Tony Leung Ka Fai.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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