Quitting (Zuotian) (Chinese, Subtitled in English) R

Quitting (Zuotian) (Chinese, Subtitled in English)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 4, 2003
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.78
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - Chinese
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Selection

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh77%

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Total Count: 44

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 963
Rating: A -- ... mesmerizing, an eye-opening tour of modern Beijing culture in a journey of rebellion, retreat into oblivion and return. Full Review
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Dec 13, 2002
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Presents a side of contemporary Chinese life that many outsiders will be surprised to know exists, and does so with an artistry that also smacks of revelation.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dec 13, 2002
Rating: 3/5 -- Ultimately engages less for its story of actorly existential despair than for its boundary-hopping formal innovations and glimpse into another kind of Chinese 'cultural revolution.' Full Review
Toronto Star
Nov 22, 2002
...Daring and complex....A probing and universal contemporary drama...
Los Angeles Times
Sep 13, 2002
Rating: 3/4 -- Intriguing in concept ... [and] just as compelling in execution. Full Review
Globe and Mail
Nov 22, 2002
Rating: 1/4 -- Bogs down badly as we absorb Jia's moody, bad-boy behavior which he portrays himself in a one-note performance. Full Review
Offoffoff
Mar 10, 2003
Rating: 3/4 -- It helps that the central performers are experienced actors, and that they know their roles so well.
Seattle Times
Dec 13, 2002

Product Description:

Zhang Yang, the award-winning director of 1999's SHOWER, recreates the powerful story of Chinese actor Jia Hongsheng in the fascinating and thought-provoking QUITTING. Jia was a modestly successful breakout Chinese star in the late 1980s and early 1990s, appearing in such films as SUMMER EXPECTATIONS and SILVER SNAKE MURDERS as well as the award-winning and controversial FROZEN. In 1992, Jia starred in a stage production of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, directed by Zhang, and was introduced to heroin--which he embraced wholeheartedly. The dementia that stemmed from his addiction resulted in a closed-off existence in which there was room only for the Beatles song "Let It Be" and little else.

QUITTING is not a documentary; Zhang brings back all the principals, who play themselves. Thus, when Jia's parents retire early in order to move in with their son (and daughter) to take care of him, the pain and frustration is being relived for the screen scene by scene, making for an uncomfortable yet remarkable and original format in which to watch this family struggle to save a child yet again. This story of isolation and drugs is also a metaphor for what occurred during the cultural revolution in the 1980s and 1990s as Chinese youth experienced more of what the West has to offer, with all its bright high points and dark low valleys.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: SEPTEMBER 13, 2002 (NY/LA)
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 18,467
  • UPC: 043396079076
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