Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Obscure (2006 film)

The Obscure (小说) is a 2006 Chinese drama film directed by Lu Yue (吕乐) ,starring Wang Zhiwen (王志文) , Wang Tong , Wang Shuo (王朔) and Yu Hua


  • Movie: The Obscure  / 小说 (2006)
  • Director: Lu Yue (吕乐)
  • Producer : Liu Yiwei (刘仪伟)
  • Writer: Lu Yue (吕乐) , Liu Yiwei (刘仪伟)
  • Cinematographer : Wang Tianlin 
  • Production Designer : Wang Dongfeng
  • Genre : drama
  • Release Date : March 23 , 2006
  • Distributor:
  • Running Time : 86 minutes
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Country: China


Setting is a 1999 gathering of some of China’s best-known scribes to gab about Poetry — which they do for 30 minutes before the fictional story even starts. It’s fascinating stuff if you know the writers and are interested in the subject; most auds will start to tune in when the colloquium organizer, Chen Xiao (Wang Tong), recognizes an old flame, Zhao Zixuan (Wang Zhiwen), who’s in the same hotel on business. Between more academic gabbing, the film crosscuts to their tentative get-together, reminiscences and regrets: a slowly involving story, beautifully played by the two thesps, that does deliver emotionally. A cheeky ending half-succeeds in trying to unite the pic’s two sides. HD package is OK, though colors look gray and washed out on the bigscreen. Chinese title simply means “A Story.”  (


  • Wang Zhiwen (王志文)
  • Wang Tong (王彤)
  • Wang Shuo (王朔)
  • Yu Hua (余华) 
  • ---------------------------
  • A Cheng (阿城) 
  • Mian Mian (棉棉)
  • Ma Yuan , Fang Fang







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