Suzhou River

As much about style as about love, 'Suzhou River' echoes a lot of films...but the sum total is something with a freshness of its own.


Suzhou River

Along the banks of the Suzhou River, which winds precariously through Shanghai, Marda (Jia Hongshen) falls in love with a dramatically beautiful young woman named Moudan (Zhou Xun). When he tries to kidnap her in order to demand ransom money from her rich father, she escapes him, jumping in to the river and disappearing forever. Marda serves a three-year jail sentence for his attempted crime. Upon his release, he meets a woman that looks exactly like Moudan, named MeiMei (also played by Zhou Xun).

An exciting, action-filled mystery suspense movie, director Lou Ye’s SUZHOU RIVER shares many thematic and stylistic elements with Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO.

“A compelling story of love and obsession.” –David Rooney, Variety

“As much about style as about love,
Suzhou River echoes a lot of films, from the Hong Kong style of Wong Kar-Wai to Kieslowski’s The Double Life of Veronique, but the sum total is something with a freshness of its own.” –Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“The film has… the appeal of being, without doubt, the first feature film of the young cinema of continental China to resort to such assertive stylistic choices.” –Jean-Michel Frodon, Le Monde
Not Rated
Drama, Romance, Crime
Lou Ye
Lou Ye
Zhou Xun, Jia Hongsheng, Nai An, Yao Anlian, Hua Zhongkai
Michael Thomson,

A clever story which is both simple and deep, rooted in the real world yet semi-hallucinatory to boot, "Suzhou River" starts life with the always unseen narrator - a central figure in the plot - who is a video cameraman with a habit of spray painting his phone number on bridges and street corners ...

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