Thu, Feb 10, 2011
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Review: Under the hawthorn tree

By Boon Chan

Under The Hawthorn Tree (PG)

Romance/115 minutes

Rated 3.5 stars out of 5 stars

DURING the Cultural Revolution in China, high school senior Jing (Zhou Dongyu) is sent from the city to learn from peasants in a remote village. A chaste romance between her and a soldier, Sun (Shawn Dou), blooms.

Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou is known for uncovering fresh-faced ingenues in his films. Dou and Zhou bring a touching believability to this tale of young love, which is adapted from the 2007 novel Hawthorn Tree Forever by Ai Mi.

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