Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Old Barber (2006 film)


The Old Barber (剃头匠) is a 2006 Chinese drama film directed by Hasi Chaolu (哈斯朝鲁)


  • Movie: The Old Barber / 剃头匠 (2006)
  • Director: Hasi Chaolu (哈斯朝鲁)
  • Writer: Ran Ping (冉平)
  • Genre : drama
  • Release Date : October 24 , 2006
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  • Language: Mandarin
  • Country: China


The amiable and thin grandfather  appeared in a biopic the Old Barber, or Titoujiang, when he was 93. The movie, produced by Mongolian director Hasqolu was based on Jing and won the Golden Peacock Award at the 37th International Film Festival of India.


  • Jing Kui (靖奎) 
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  • You Liping (由立平)
  • Wang Yu (王昱) 
  • Gong Na (龚娜)
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  • Wang Hongtao , Tong Zhongqi , Song Ge , Xu Huizhi , Yao Yang , Dou Hui , Li Jin , Lin Yixi , Wang Fengcai , Zhang Jie , Zhou Tianjun


Legendary 101-year-old Beijing hairdresser passes away

BEIJING, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- A 101-year-old hairdresser who was known as a walking encyclopedia of craftsmanship in Beijing, Jing Kui has passed away from pneumonia. A funeral was held for him Tuesday.
During his career, which spanned more than 80 years, his patrons included famous Beijing opera performers Shang Xiaoyun and Tan Fuying, as well as former high-ranking KMT general Fu Zuoyi. Not long after the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911, he helped remove the commonly worn pigtails of the time for those wishing to change their hairstyles to match the country's new era.
As he outlived hundreds of his clients, most of those who attended Jing's funeral were his relatives and apprentices. But many have visited his home to mourn since his death last Friday. A Japanese mourner left a note in poorly scribbled Chinese that said, "Sorry, I am late."
Hairdressing, like knife sharpening and basin repair, is a traditional profession in Beijing. Hairdressers once roamed the city's hutongs, or small alleys, rubbing scissors against iron sticks to drum up business.
Several old traditions and superstitions in Beijing relate to hairdressing. For instance, one is not allowed to cut hair during the first month of a lunar year because of a superstition the move could bring bad luck to uncles.
People often would go to a hairdressers on the second day of the second month, in the hopes that the new hairstyle could bring them good luck for the year.
Apart from cutting hair, barbers in last century also shaved faces and trimmed nose hairs for their clients.
Jing learned how to cut hair at the age of 15. Riding on a tricycle, he used to work near the Jingshan Park at the heart of Beijing.
According to Zhang Delu, one of Jing's apprentices, the old man wouldn't give up his profession, even when he was in his 90s. "For some old clients, he would serve them at home," he said.
Jing was not rich. His business space was less than 20 square meters, with basic furniture and electrical equipment.
But the charge for Jing's service was always one or two yuan. "He was not doing it for money," Zhang recalled. "He was just trying to preserve and promote the traditional skill. He had great passion for the career."


In 2002, a documentary about the barber, then 87, titled Jing Kui and his Old Clients, won the Chinese television documentary academic award. "His shaver grazed past time," wrote a film review, "He meticulously looked after his clients' hair, staying by them during the last few years of their lives."
The amiable and thin grandfather also appeared in a biopic the Old Barber, or Titoujiang, when he was 93. The movie, produced by Mongolian director Hasqolu was based on Jing and won the Golden Peacock Award at the 37th International Film Festival of India.
Hasqolu said after getting the prize that in the movie, the old man wanted to see everyone leaving the world as neat and tidy as when they came.
Zhang Delu, in his 40s, has three barber shops in Beijing. He received a gift this September: the tools his master used for half a century.
"I am using the skills he taught me to work, but will not use the tools," he said. "They are too precious to use."
Zhang now provides services for elderly people free of charge, just like his master did.
Another apprentice, Jiang Ziwen in central China's Henan Province, is doing the same. "Money is not important and that is the wish of our master," Jiang said during his visit to Beijing to attend the funeral.
Many net users in China voiced their condolences online, as well as regret for the disappearance of traditional professions.
"As the old houses and alleys in Beijing are gone, and the old craftsmen pass away, the city is losing its soul," said microblog of the cultural heritage protection association of the Henan Normal University on China's Twitter-like site Sina Weibo.
The only legacy Jing left for his family were two clippers. "I will not clean them," said his daughter-in-law Lei Jinfeng. "I want it to be like this, as if he were still using them."

(Sina.com , 5 Nov 2014)



  • 2006 International Film Festival of India (Golden Peacock Winner )





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